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FG axes more aviation chiefs

By JIMOH BABATUNDE
LAGOS—A new wave of reorganisation in the aviation industry which swept away the chief executives of three agencies continued, Wednesday, as four more directors in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, were relieved of their appointments.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced the removal of managing directors of FAAN, Mr Richard Aisuebeogun, and that of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Auyo and the Rector, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Captain Adebayo Araba.

Those who were sacked yesterday are the Director of Administration, Mr. Adeniyi Ajakaiye; Director of Commercial, Mrs.  Grace Etomi; Director of Environmental Services, Mr. Muhammed Bello and that of Engineering, Mr. Saleh Ogunedo. They were all given their sack letters by the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah.

Only  one director, Mr. Wendell Ogunedo, who heads the Security Services , was not affected.

There are indications, yesterday, that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation may sack more personnel in the Nigerian aviation industry and replace them with employees outside the sector.

A source from the Ministry of Aviation said that plans were under way by the ministry to sack more directors and general managers in the sub-sector while no fewer than 30 personnel would be employed as directors and general managers

According to the source, those to be employed were mostly those that worked as personnel in the Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) project, a campaign group, which supported the election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the April poll.

It was gathered yesterday that some directors in the agencies as early as 11a.m had started taking away their belongings from their different offices.

The source said, “Most of us are not surprised that the minister of aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah is replacing some personnel in the sector. First, most of them were political appointees and some of them have been there for three or four years.

“However, replacing political appointees with politicians will not move the industry forward, but will either take us backward or make us stagnant. If there will be any replacement at all, I believe they should be professionals in the industry and not anybody”.

Speaking on the issue, the Media Assistant to Mrs. Oduah, said that he was yet to be briefed on the latest rumour, but said once there is a transformation or restructuring exercise, some personnel would be swept aside.


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