Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PDP defends Aviation Minister over allegations of recruitment bias

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Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah

The Nigerian Aviation Minister allegedly supervised a skewed recruitment exercise.

The South East Zone of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, rose in defense of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, over allegations raised against her in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.

A statement by the South East Zonal Publicity Secretary, Odefa Ali Odefa, described the allegations as “baseless” and a “futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy asset of our great Party, the PDP”.
Ms. Oduah was fingered in a recent recruitment exercise that was skewed to favour certain states including her state of origin.

A news site, Blueprint, had reported that it had in its possession – documents that showed a bias for certain states during the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency recruitment exercise.

Blueprint reported that Anambra, the state where Ms. Oduah, hails from, got 32 slots while certain states like Jigawa got no slot in the exercise.

The PDP stoutly defended Ms. Oduah with Mr. Odefa saying that though the former is a proud daughter of the South-East Zone; she has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as minister.

“The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this,” the party said in the statement.

The party added that. Ms. Oduah’s performance in office is a major plank of President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.

“These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party,” it added.

Minister not involved in recruitment process

The PDP said Ms. Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her.

“There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector,” the party said.

The party said the aviation minister ranks as one of the best ministers in the history of Nigeria, adding that her performance in office is a testimony to the potentials that abound among Nigerian women.

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