Ex minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah has said she is proud she was given the honour to serve the nation at the ministerial capacity and therefore has no regrets leaving the post.
The former minister was in Enugu recently to receive an award for her transformation of the Nigerian Aviation sector.
Oduah said Nigerian will always lag behind if they allow politicians to blur their focus on their basic need.
She also demanded that the country should try and maximise its human and material resources for the benefit of all.
She said:“It is a privilege, like I said, to serve Nigeria; to serve my nation…a country where you have 170 million people and you were given the opportunity to serve and make a difference, you leave a footpath behind, it is not easy, it is an honour, and I am very grateful to Nigerians.”
On the issue of the projects she left uncompleted she revealed that her successor would follow the master plan.
She said: “I believe he (her successor) would follow the master plan to the letter; and really, anybody that does contrary to that is doing a disservice to the Nigerian people and there must be a continuation of the development of the aviation sector. It must be mainstreamed.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has started mainstreaming and that should continue because we do this for a very well developed aviation sector and if you look at it really, aviation is employment-generating and contributes to nation’s GDP, so why would it not be given priority? It should be given priority and the president is doing that,” Oduah said.