He held the key positions between 1999 – 2007 when President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power.
Borishade helped in stabilising Obasanjo’s government.
One of the “sins” of Borishade, according to the senate, was his refusal to upgrade Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, to a federal institution despite a directive by Obasanjo.
In the end, the former president lobbied the lawmakers and Borishade was confirmed.
Perhaps the most challenging period of the deceased’s political career was during his tenure as aviation minister. At least three air mishaps were recorded within a year. When two of the crashes occurred in a spate of two months, the senate passed a unanimous, non-binding resolution calling for his sack, but Obasanjo failed to act.Despite the inaction of the former president, stakeholders mounted pressure on him to step down. During a presidential forum on aviation in 2005, the minister said he would not hesitate to quit if that would end the air tragedies.
Less than seven months after making that statement, another air crash occurred and Obasanjo had to bow to pressure by relieving Borishade of his duty.
In all, a total of 320 people lost their lives in that dark period. A timeline of the sad events.
On October 22, 2005, a Boeing 737-200 belonging to Bellview airlines crashed soon after takeoff from Lagos, killing all 117 people aboard.
Borishade’s stay in the aviation ministry was not just about air crashes. Under him, Nigeria scored 93 percent in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) universal audit, making it a benchmark to African aviation industry initiation.He also shone outside aviation. In recognition of his contributions to the nation’s education sector, he was elected the vice- chairman of the E9 Group of the United Nations, president of the UNESCO international conference on Education, as well as chairman, Education for All (EFA) Forum of African ministers of education.
In a bid ensure sustained gas development and availability for power production to meet Nigerian electricity demands, he initiated the ‘Gas to Power Project (G2P), a World Bank sponsored project.
HIS BATTLE WITH EFCC
In 2009, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned him on a 15-count charge of bribery and forgery. Alleged to have mismanaged a N5.2 billion aviation safe tower contract, the anti-graft agency arraigned him alongside Timothy Dairo, his former personal assistant.
Rowland Iyayi, a former managing director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and George Eider, an Australian, were also accused to have been involved in the deal which was regarded as illegitimate.
He appeared in court for many years over the issue but was never convicted.
The deceased, who is a recipient of the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) award, was born in Usi-Ekiti, Ekiti state, on March 7, 1946.