Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi

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Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi

Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi (born January 5, 1962) was the Nigerian Minister of Aviation. She was confirmed to the post and sworn in on July 2, 2011.[1][2][3] and was deployed to the Ministry of Aviation on July 4, 2011.[4][5][6] She was however relieved of her duties as Minister of Aviation on 12 February 2014. She was also active in the political campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, where she served as his campaign's Director of Administration and Finance.

In 2013 she was one of the delegates chosen by the President to attend the Papal inauguration of Pope Francis together with David Mark, President of the Senate and Viola Onwuliri, Foreign Minister.[7]

She has been involved in numerous controversies ranging from highly inflated purchase of BMW bullet-proof cars without following due process[8] as well as allegations that Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi purportedly lied that about she obtained an MBA degree from St Paul's College. However, the News website, SaharaReporters, had on Jan 6th 2014 quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs. Oduah claimed she studied for bachelor's and master's degrees, as saying they did not award her an MBA at any time as the university does not even have a graduate school or graduate programme.[9][10]

In 2015 she was one of 100 senators elected to the 8th assembly. Only six of these were women. The others were Rose Okoji Oko, Uche Ekwunife, Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Oluremi Tinubu and Binta Garba.[11]

Background[edit]

Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi was born to Igwe D.O. Oduah of Akili-Ozizor, L.G.A. in Anambra State on January 5, 1962.[12] Oduah-Ogiemwonyi received her Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States. Upon her return to Nigeria in 1983, she joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.[13]

In 1992, she left the NNPC to establish the Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Limited (SPG), an independent marketer of petroleum products in Nigeria.[14]

She was married to the former Minister for Works, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi[13] and has children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aug 30, 2013, 08:31 PM. "Jonathan drops corrupt Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, 3 others". Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  2. ^ Aug 30, 2013, 08:31 PM. "Senate President David Mark Read The List of Nigeria's Ministerial Nominees". The InfoStride. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  3. ^ "President Swears In 14 Ministers, Returnees Retain Former Portfolios". Nigeriadailynews.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Latest Nigerian News from Thisday newspaper". Thisdayonline.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan's cabinet". Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://dailytrust.dailytrust.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22375:maina-is-women-affairs-minister-ogiemwonyi-gets-aviation&catid=1:news&Itemid=2
  7. ^ "Pope Inauguration: David Mark To Lead FG Delegation To Vatican City | INFORMATION NIGERIA". Informationng.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  8. ^ http://saharareporters.com/2013/10/15/how-aviation-minister-stella-oduah-forced-cash-strapped-aviation-agency-spend-16-million
  9. ^ http://saharareporters.com/2014/01/07/aviation-minister-stella-oduah-scrambles-cover-certificate-forgery-scandal-premium-times
  10. ^ https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/152958-aviation-minister-stella-oduah-in-fresh-fake-doctorate-degree-scandal.html#sthash.UmwrJ6XR.dpbs
  11. ^ The 6 female senators in 8th National Assembly, Naij,com, Retrieved 15 February 2016
  12. ^ Encomium Magazine interview
  13. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Account Suspended". Seapetrol.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30.