Wednesday, October 30, 2013


The embattled Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, has been linked to another car purchase scandal. This time, Oduah is said to have also approved the procurement  of two Lexus Limousine cars and two Toyota Prado jeeps.

Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria , Mr. George Uriesi, said the Lexus Limousine cars which were bought for N60m each and Toyota Prado jeeps, prices yet unknown were in the custody of a bank. He explained that the bank whose name he did not give, funded the purchase of the four vehicles.

The FAAN chief told the six-member committee that while Oduah gave the approval, somebody whose name  he failed to mention, signed on his (Uriesi) behalf.

An obviously enraged Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Mr. Hope Uzodinma, lambasted  him  for receiving approval from the minister instead of the Federal Executive Council.

He was therefore ordered to appear again before the committee on Monday with details of the transactions.

Uriesi, who was said to have sweated in the air-conditioned room while the session lasted, was also asked to bring along with him,  details of other vehicles bought for the agency’s directors.

The Senate panel also resolved to inspect the N255m bulletproof cars parked at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The minister is expected to appear before the House Committee on Aviation which is investigating the purchase of two  BMW bulletproof cars for her by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority at N255m.