President Muhammadu Buhari Approves Mass Sack In Federal Government Agencies: FAAN, NAMA, NCAA
There are clear indications that the Federal Government will soon begin a mass retrenchment exercise in its agencies under the Aviation Ministry.
This was disclosed on Saturday night by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
The minister made this known during his second Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum held in Lagos.
Mr. Sirika explained that there are at least 88 General Managers on Grade Level 17 in the three agencies in the sector.
According to him, the number is more than what is required.
The minister revealed that the agencies to be affected by a fresh round of “proper placement and sack,” are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Sirika assured that the government will continue to weed out unrequired personnel in the system.
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He stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari has already given his approval for proper restructuring to take place in all the agencies.
“In all, we have 88 General Managers in these agencies. Most of them are not required and were just given portfolios.
“As I’m talking to you now, we have approval for proper restructuring in the agencies.
“We have started with FAAN. Very soon, we will get to other agencies in the sector.
“But, we have to do it according to the Acts that set up these agencies so that we don’t run into a problem.”
Recently, the Federal Government, acting on recommendations of a committee set up by the Head of Service, had sacked and demoted some FAAN staff.
However, reports say industry unions claimed that some names initially inked for demotion or sack were deliberately expunged from the list by influential figures in the agency.
Investigations into the allegation, however, show that the report is currently receiving attention from the government.
About two weeks ago, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) petitioned Mr. Sirika to continue with the purge in other agencies.
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NUATE specifically submitted 29 names from NAMA to Mr. Sirika, which it said were wrongly employed and placed in positions above their qualifications since 2012.
At the forum, Mr. Sirika also insisted that there is no going back on the planned concession of four major airports in the first phase of the exercise.
He described infrastructure at most of the nation’s airports as laughable despite the billions of naira expended on them by the government over the years.
The Minister, however, allayed fears that many of the over 6,000 FAAN staff will be laid off when the airports are eventually concessioned.
Rather, he claimed that more staff will be engaged to meet up with the new standards.
Industry unions present at a meeting with the minister maintained that their members would be affected by the concession plan.
The aviation unions urged the minister to rescind the policy.