ACF Laments ‘Deliberate Marginalization’ Of North By Aviation Ministry

MINISTER OF AVIATION, STELLA ODUAH
MINISTER OF AVIATION, STELLA ODUAH

The apex northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday accused the Ministry of Aviation of “deliberate marginalization” of the northern airports so much that there are no international flights there except from Abuja.

A communiqué signed by ACF’s National Publicity Secretary Anthony N. Z. Sani, said that the three organs of ACF, namely, the National Working Committee (NWC), The National Executive Council (NEC) and the Board of Trustees (BOT), held their separate meetings on September 24th, 25th and 26th, 2013, respectively, with satisfactory attendance by members.

While Alhaji Aliko Mohammed chaired the first two meetings, Retired Lt-Gen. JT Useni chaired that of BOT.

Many issues of national importance were discussed in the meetings including “the marginalization of the northern part of the country in air travels. There is also evidence that fewer northerners are getting jobs and deployment in parastatals of Ministry of Aviation and in the management of airports in the country.

“As things stand now, there are no international flights in the north except Abuja. The ACF, therefore, urged relevant authorities and Fedral Ministry of Aviation to also improve the aviation industry in the North. This is good for the interest of the growth and development of the national economy.”

The statement said “the meetings considered the factors militating against good conduct of free and fair elections over the years and still insisted that INEC should conduct all five elections on the same day. It is the considered opinion of ACF that such arrangement will cut cost of elections and reduce problems of logistics and do away with band wagon effects that are associated with staggered elections.

“If other African countries can do it, Nigeria can also do so.”

The Forum commended the National Assembly’s decision to thoroughly investigate the claims and counter claims which followed the recent killings of suspected members of Boko Haram near the Legislative quarters Apo, Abuja.

On the lingering ASUU/FG faceoff, ACF noted “with concern the festering strike by ASUU, which has inflicted untold hardship on the students and their parents and on the nation’s education.”

Against this background, the group called “on the feuding parties to make haste and bring about the necessary sacrifices needed to end the strike and allow students resume lectures without further delay.

“The parties in the dispute must note that in matters of public intelligence, there is time to stay the course, there is time for compromise and there is time to let go,” the communiqué reads.

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  1. Just imagine wat dis otondo group is sayn. In fact, do dey know d meaning of marginalisation? I pity all of u becos if u do, u wouldn’t ave spoken a word. even wen ur ppl don’t know anytin abt dia jobs, dey still occupy & steal. All u ppl know best in ur different offices s 2 retire money (pack gvt money-steal) shekina. Pls county ppl, visit any office nearest 2 u & give us feedback & know d truth urself.

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