On achievements as the aviation minister
When I went to aviation, it was in a horrible state of decay. It is unfortunate that we have some sense of amnesia in Nigeria otherwise, if you take an average airport and how it used to be, like the Abuja airport, we used to have horrifying experience. I couldn't use the toilet when I get to the airport and some of the doors, you have to literally bend your head. Then the local airports in Lagos was a horrible sight too. It's the same story all over. So what we did was to have a holistic view of the state of these airports but it's not just the airport because there a several things that go on behind the airport, the runway lights, raiders, etc. And so to holistically have a review of that and provide holistic solutions that would ensure that we have safety airspace, that we have terminals that truly represent us. If I cone to your house and your living room is in a very dirty state, it tells me who you are before I even get a chance to talk to you. And when you come into Nigeria, the first place you will see is our airports. So it is very important. As much as comfort and safety come together, the aesthetics is equally important and so we cleaned that up. We did the renovation. Money that was meant for four airports, we spread it to do sixteen airports.
Not only that, we prioritized training because you can have all that and you do not have capable hands to run them, it would go back to worst. And we ensured that imbibed in all these is maintenance. I have left for almost three years so I do not know the place is now. What we did was in a way suicidal, very hands-on, very tasking, I lost my privacy, I was literally working 24 hours to ensure that we did all that. For me, my conscience is clear, I feel happy that I was able to contribute. I am also happy that the evidence is clear except for those who decide to go blind. Otherwise, for what we were given, we justifiably did the best for the ministry.