Shock Greets FG’s Overhaul Of Aviation Agencies

Shock on Tuesday greeted the Federal Government’s overhaul of some agencies in the Ministry of Aviation.

In the restructuring, some personnel were redeployed while some directors were retired.

Aviation sector workers gathered in groups on Tuesday morning at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, discussing the development.

Some said they were surprised at the shakeup while others said they would take the situation with equanimity.

A national newspaper reported on Tuesday that the shake-up affected top management staff in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Accident Investigation Bureau and Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

The paper quoted sources close to the ministry as saying on Monday that letters were released to top directors and general managers either redeployed to sister agencies, or elevated to higher positions, as well as those being brought into the parasatals from outside.

Letters for those either retired or sacked are expected to be released Tuesday, the report said.

It stated that FAAN’s directorates were increased from seven to nine, with seven of the directors to head the directorates being brought in as new recruits.

FAAN General Manager (Training), Hajiya Salamatu Eluwa, was promoted to Director of Administration while the its Public Affairs Department was split into two, with the former General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Akin Olukunle, redeployed to the Protocol and Passages Unit, while Yakubu Datti would now head the newly created Corporate Communications Unit.

Also affected in the shake-up is the former Director of Engineering of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, who is being redeployed to head the newly created Directorate of Projects, the report said.

The paper also learnt that the Directorate of Legal Services, which was phased out some years back, had been restored.

More details later.

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