The Niger-Delta for Peace, Credible and Visionary Leadership, NDPCVL, has defended the embattled Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, saying, she should be left alone.
In a press statement by its national president, Mr. King-jerry Prebor, NDPCVL said, “She is the best thing that had happened in the aviation industry in regards to new looks, renovation, equipment, training of staff, among other things in our airports.”
“The House of Representatives should be concerned with laws that will better the lives of the people, such as the ban of aircraft above 30 years from date of manufacture. It is an open secret that the aircraft bought and used by our airline operators are far above 30 years.
“The death rates are as a result of old age of the planes brought into the country. Why are the lawmakers looking at only one side when it is obvious that the neck will ache? It is their failure that has cost the nation millions of lives, they failed to move a motion to save the lives lost, but instead are shouting about cars bought by NCAA, not even for the minister’s personal use,” he said.
“It is true that the Central bank Governor Malam Sanusi and the former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili raised an alarm that law makers will shut down the country, why did they not raise a motion to look into that.
“The motion moved by Hon. Samson Osagie, seconded by Hon. Shehu Gusau of APC failed to include why our refineries are not working, casualization of workers in the oil industry with peanut as salary, ASUU strike, low salaries for the military, police and civil servants.
“We, the NDPCVL are watching with keen interest the activities of the lawmakers; we urge them to live up to expectation as it will not be business as usual. They should make enabling laws to force air line operators to buy brand new air-crafts to make the air space save for air users,” he said.
According to Prebor, “The major problem affecting the aviation sector is too many unnecessary interference, the ministers in the various ministries should be allowed to take charge absolutely and that that will bring productivity,” he added.