Stella Oduah: Celebrating a quintessential Senator @ 56



    Sen. Stella Oduah

    There are three pink letter days within the lifetime of a “Man”. The day you might be BORN, the day you MARRY and the day you DIE.

    These three particular days additional entice stronger outstanding occurrences within the lives of the good “men” of each era.

    Those nice “men” who go away traces of their impacts by means of performances that symbolize paradigm shift amongst their generations are celebrated yearly by all even whereas they’re no extra and this continues to generations after them.

    Born Jan. 5, 1962, Senator Stella Oduah, is an amazon, a colossus, a shrewd skilled.

    She is the indefatigable consultant of our good individuals of Anambra North on the eighth National meeting the place she is already churning out sterling performances by sponsoring and proposing outstanding Bills and Motions to register her presence as an achiever and never a mere nominal established order participant or member wherever she finds herself.

    The amazon being celebrated in the present day, belongs to that group of few who’ve contributed a lot already to her era.

    Her personae symbolizes exhausting work, dedication, finesse, excellence, intelligence, transformation and paradigm shift from established order efficiency to watershed performances in each sector she finds herself.

    She epitomizes doggedness and shattering of boundaries in all areas she has ventured in, in life whatever the historicals she met in place.

    Even although she has been in politics for simply few years, however her data painting and outweigh that of those that have virtually spent a long time in politics however have performed little to influence the lives of their individuals both straight or not directly.

    Let me digress a bit earlier than I’m going into particulars about her achievements. It may curiosity you to know that the best “men” are mockingly those that face the best criticisms, challenges and assaults that are orchestrated by fifth columnist who clandestinely work to tug down and garbage the actions of those nice ones in our mist.

    Oduah falls into this class of people that have many good plans for his or her individuals however the system stifles, strangulates and sandwiches their concepts thereby irritating their skill and need to actualize their nice goals and imaginative and prescient for his or her individuals. Left for her, Nigeria, would be the finest place to go away on the planet.

    She demonstrated the good concepts incubated in her throughout the quick time she was the aviation Minister.

    She met a moribund and dysfunctional ministry that lacked imaginative and prescient, effectivity, effectiveness and creativity required to compete within the world market.

    All airports had been stinking shanties with none facility in any respect to draw funding into that sector or buyer development on account of dilapidated and deteriorating services that made Nigerians hitherto earlier than her to refer our air site visitors as street to hell.

    It was on paper that Oduah met our airports in complete ruins, neglect, decay and abandonment that extends to greater than 30 years with none important challenge to enhance the services on floor.

    Without concern she embraced the challenges and was poised to rewriting our historical past, however in a rustic like Nigeria the place all the things and all people is considered from ethnic curiosity and colouration, it’s a sin to be an excellent performer particularly when you find yourself Igbo.

    Oduah, was not cowed or intimidated by the wroth on this sector when she took over as she was poised and dedicated to wash up the wroth and put our aviation sector to the street to restoration, development and larger investments each domestically and overseas.

    She met a sector being run by self-serving people who cared solely about what they’ll earn from that sector and cared much less about its security, development and larger investments to compete globally with different international locations.

    Their curiosity was solely the right way to shortchange the Federal Govt to the detriment of lives of Nigerians and way forward for our aviation trade.

    She was by no means intimidated by the established order that was bent on ridiculing her and bringing her all the way down to garbage her status which she constructed within the personal sector as an achiever and a shrewd supervisor of assets who’s consequence pushed and may get consequence even from the desert if engaged to work there.

    She rolled her sleeves and went straight to work. She was working day and evening tirelessly, staying within the workplace until midnight simply to wash the mess left behind by many who had been earlier than her and appropriated billions to the ministry however there was nothing on floor to assist such yearly appropriations.

    Our distinguished Senator didn’t sit all the way down to complain and accuse her predecessors of not doing sufficient with all of the billions that had been allotted to the ministry for years.

    Rather she went to work instantly. She made it clear that it was not going to be enterprise as traditional as our airports should be introduced as much as worldwide requirements if we should compete globally in that vital sector.

    Also contemplating our burgeoning inhabitants, it’s excessive time we began planning on the right way to enhance our air transport to draw companies and funding into the sector to assist cut back the strain on our roads.

    Immediately she began work she designed a street map for the aviation sector, that can make that sector compete globally.

    She kicked off the street map with rehabilitation and refurbishment of lots of our airports in phases throughout all geo political zones with none segregation.

    I keep in mind listening to her again and again on TV about her plans to make our airports aerotropolis that represents a enterprise group the place individuals may even journey to, do their companies and return to their nation even with out getting into the town in the event that they so want.


    Kano airport, Lagos airport, Port Harcourt Airport, Calabar Airport, Benin airport, Enugu airport and many others all confronted speedy rehabilitation and upkeep to make them secure for our individuals to journey by means of them.

    Reports really indicated that not lower than 22 airports had been below transforming and rehabilitation plan accommodated below the Aviation Road Map designed by the then Minister Stella Oduah and work was on moving into most of them earlier than she left that place in 2015.

    Senator Oduah made positive she balanced the initiatives with none ethnic or regional polarization of the street map in direction of making our airports a spot to do enterprise by the worldwide group, by ensuring every area benefited from the transforming initiatives.

    I keep in mind how the then CBN Governor now Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi praised Oduah when he was commissioning the now lovely trying Kano airport that appeared like shanty and stinking village city corridor for years on account of neglect upon billions allotted to it and the truth that 90 p.c of the previous leaders got here from the North, however might do nothing till Oduah remembered the airport.

    She was ambushed by the haters of Nigeria and Nigerian improvement as a result of that they had eaten fats on the wealth meant for all of us in Nigeria therefore will do something to destroy a path blazer who comes to vary the dynamics which  Oduah represents.

    However,  she will’t be cowed therefore she insisted on due course of and accomplishment of her goals in that vital sector that was mendacity moribund for years.

    Today, Oduah is continuous the place she stopped as minister on the National Assembly the place she represents our good individuals of Anambra North as their Senator.

    During her marketing campaign journeys, she advised our individuals to attend and see till she finishes her tenure as Senator and so they can juxtapose her achievements and that of her predecessors which have represented the zone to match their achievements to the event of Anambra North and hers. She is strongly residing as much as her guarantees.

    As at in the present day, she has 28 Bills and Motions which might be present process legislative course of on the National Assembly. Most distinguished of all of them is the South East Development Commission Bill (SEDC) she proposed and supported by Senator Anyanwu.

    During the lead debates of the SEDC which was learn on the ground by Senator Anyanwu, she mentioned and I quote:

    “The Enactment of this Bill will help to rebuild the South East and provide opportunity for the people to display their talent and contribute immensely to the development of the country”

    What extra are you able to anticipate from a consultant of her individuals greater than such an unprecedented achievement by breaking the age lengthy marginalization and barrier that has been ignored by all of the Senators from the South East since after the civil conflict, even when they’re residing witnesses to the destruction and devastation that passed off there which prompted the then Federal Govt to pledge to Rehabilitate, Reconstruct and Reintegrate (RRR) the whole zone, a promise that was by no means fulfilled.

    47 years after, Oduah initiated a invoice that’s poised to appropriate these wrongs and produce our zone at par with different zones which have confronted related devastation by hook or by crook and acquired related fee to deal with the challenges like NDDC and the lately accented North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill.

    With this singular Bill alone, she has shattered each file by any Senator that ever got here out of the South East since after the civil conflict.

    In the areas of initiatives, on 2016 Appropriation alone, she has 30 constituency initiatives below her identify which she interested in our zone Anambra North that are present process execution from the chief. While in 2017, she has 9 initiatives in her identify which she interested in Anambra North additionally.


    Please notice nevertheless that these initiatives are executed by the chief that additionally awards and screens them.

    The Executive doesn’t pay Senators for the constituency challenge allocations moderately they straight allocate to contractors, pay and monitor all of the initiatives as proposed by each senator similar to Senator Oduah.

    Also notice that Federal Government lately has confronted finances implementation disaster in all of the budgets since thisadministration which isn’t peculiar to Anambra North initiatives alone, so any delay on any challenge isn’t attributable to Senator Stella Oduah who initiated the initiatives.

    So it received’t be misplaced to see that the majority of those initiatives are both not accomplished or nonetheless below incubation stage particularly the 2017 initiatives on account of poor implementation from the chief.

    Oduah is a path blazer worthy of celebration as she marks her birthday in the present day. History will ceaselessly be form to her over her contributions to the expansion of Nigeria and Anambra North particularly.


    Long Live Senator Stella Oduah OON!

    Long Live Anambra North!

    Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!


    Anayo Ekeanya (SA- Media and Publicity)  writes from Abuja.