The early parts of 3/06/2012 was a unique sunday for me. I had just come back home from a glorious sermon by Pastor Poju Oyemade and had gotten something extra-ordinarily empowering from him in revelation which still gladdens my heart. However, passing out after lunch and waking up somewhat around 7pm to engage on Twitter, my mind went furious!
153 people are believed to have lost their lives yesterday on the Dana Airways flight en-route Abuja to Lagos. From stories of those going to weddings of their loved ones to those reuniting with daughters for birthdays, nothing short of bitterness could fill my heart. People's lives taken all because of what? Two things- Doomsday and the lack in efficiency to uphold public requisite regulations and standards. Its even more saddening when you know this doomsday could have been avoided but yet more ironically, enabled by the pedigree of consistent substandard processes from the Ministry of Aviation and its corrupt driven partnering stakeholders.
A typical example; every medicine student in University would let you know the way they are graded during continuous assessments and examinations are in no way less than any other course! I had a doctor friend in University who had to be dropped from her graduating class and not given a second chance in test or exams because she had a 69 percent score during final exams that year. No exaggerations, 69 percent! A 70 percent score for Medicine students at University was recorded as a Pass so, she had failed. On other courses, 69 percent is one mark away from Distinction. This is because they were being trained to almost determine the continued existence of people's lives. Physicians especially surgeons are like semi-gods. One mistake from them and a life is gone.....gone, gone, gone. So without a doubt, its highly necessary in confirming continuously their competence in duties expected of them. So also should be the case and issue of an Aviation Minister; you deal with lives! If you can not guarantee, uphold, maintain or in a covenant, assure strict ministry processes, consistent regulations and measures to flight standards, un-porous airline systems, competent managerial staff and above all, safe flights, you have no business in such seat!
Princess Stella Ooodua should resign. Her record shouldn't be smudged with this tragedy. Just recently, her ministry celebrated 60 months of free air-tragedies. Her reputation and competence is being tainted if she chooses to remain on that seat despite the nation going into national mourning due to her department's flawed system. A respectable and admirable public office holder would do the right thing and resign even before investigations take place. Is she still on that seat?
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