Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, has warned that he will not hesitate to terminate the employment of chief executives in the aviation agencies under his ministry if they attempt to undermine his efforts.
Keyamo made this statement during a stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos, which was the first meeting of its kind since he took office.
It is worth noting that the ministers in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government have signed a performance bond, indicating their commitment to delivering their responsibilities.
However, the aviation minister is seeking the support of industry stakeholders to ensure the protection of his position.
He said, “We had a three-day retreat with Mr. President, all the Ministers. At the end of the day, we signed a performance bond. I also signed my performance bond yesterday. So, if you don’t want me to get sacked in the next few months, you need to support me.”
“On this side, it is either I get sacked or they get sacked. So, it is a race to who will survive. That’s what I have told all my CEOs, somebody must die first but before I die I will take you down.”
According to him, the purpose of the retreat was “to receive inputs from you as technocrats and players in the industry.
“Your input will add value to the road map/focus area that the Industry will prioritize to make our Aviation Sector world class and meet the aspirations of Nigerians and all Aviation Stakeholders. We should desist from game blame and focus on solving the problems in the industry.
“As you are aware, Mr. President has unveiled his economic plan. The three-year economic revival plan that emerged from his inaugural Federal Executive Council meeting is anchored in an Eight-Point focus area targeted at addressing Nigeria’s socio economic challenges.
“It seeks to move away from the frenzied borrowing of the last government, check the unacceptably high jobless rate, achieve economic growth, prosperity for all, and end poverty. This, we as an industry, will factor into our own focus areas for the development of the industry and in turn the economic development of our Nation.”