Keyamo ‘ll Not Apologise for Sanitising Aviation Sector,  Says DAS Energy Boss

Sylvester Idowu in Warri

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DAS Energy Services Limited, Udu, near Warri, Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has warned stakeholders to allow the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, clean the corruption mess in the sector.

He insisted that the minister, this time around, has his support on his move to sanitise the aviation industry in the country.

Onuesoke in a statement issued in Warri yesterday was reacting to recent criticism by aviation stakeholders on Keyamo’s recent comment against the alleged rots in the industry.

Keyamo had during a television interview last week alleged that all subsectors of the aviation sector was bedeviled with corruption, and disclosed his efforts to reverse the trend.

Aviation stakeholders, however, have descended on the minister accusing him of demarketing the industry with sweeping corruption statement made against the sector, and demanded an apology.

But Onuesoke maintained that the minister would not apologise, noting that his action was to save life of Nigerians as against those who put their lives at risk for pecuniary gains.

He said: “I support Festus Keyamo’s action. You do not play with people’s lives. They play too much politics in the Aviation Ministry. He is not going to apologise because his utterances and actions are  to save the lives of Nigerians.

“Aeroplanes don’t apply brakes while airborne. Any plane that is not capable should be grounded like what he did to Dana Air. You do not have to play politics with the lives of Nigerians. I support Keyamo for his action.”

While describing Keyamo’s action as good, and urged him to continue with the good work , Onuesoke advised  that all aviation activities need to be in check to improve passengers safety.

According to him, “Continue the good works. Nigerians are with you. We must all admit that he is one of the ministers performing well under President Bola Tinubu’s administration. Nigerians should allow him to sanitise the sector because he knows where to begins. How Dana airlines still operate in Nigeria baffles me after its abysmal safety records.

“What did the aviation stakeholders want him to do? Is it to cover up the mess in the industry? Before he spoke out,  he had seen many things. That interview was born out of series of corruption he had seen in the industry. When the man turns right it is corruption, left it is corruption all around the aviation industry. He busted out in order to save the lives of Nigerian air travelers.“

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