Untold Stories of Ex Ondo State Governor Late Olusegun Agagu


Dr. Olusegun Agagu was appointed to the Federal Cabinet of Ministers by President Olusegun Obasanjo when civilian rule was re-established in 1999. He served as the Minister for Aviation (1999-2000) and then as Minister for Power and Steel (2000-2002). His one year stint at the Ministry of Aviation resulted in a dramatic turnaround of the sector.
The pragmatic restructuring of the industry led to the creation of FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, NCAT and Nigerian Airways for effective administration and brought sanity to the hitherto chaotic situation at the airports.
The six year ban placed on flights to and from Nigeria by the American Government because of poor aviation security was lifted within 6 months of him being Minister; the Nigerian College of Aviation and Technology, Zaria started to train pilots again after a 7 year hiatus occasioned by a lack of trainer aircraft; and the Nigerian Airways fleet grew from 1 to 7 aircrafts. As Minister for Power and Steel, power generation increased from 1425 megawatts in 2000 when Olusegun Agagu took over to more than 4000 megawatts and with a complementary reinforcement of the transmission and distribution systems by the time he left in 2002.
The three Steel Rolling Mills at Oshogbo, Katsina and Jos that had been non- operational for several years began to work while the privatization of the Ajaokuta Steel Plant and Aluminium Smeltering Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), Ikot Abasi progressed substantially. The foundation for the privatization of the Power Sector and unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) into different generation, distribution and transmission entities was also laid during his tenure.

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