A Tsunami-like wind of change is billed to blow across the Nigerian aviation sector any moment from now. The anticipated blow is expected to relieve heads of major parastatals in the aviation sector, including some high ranking personnel on political appointment, of their jobs.
Orijoreporter can authoritatively reveal that the incumbent administration, resolved to take the measure following deep seated rot discovered in the air travel sector, majority of which were traceable to acute malpractices and gross incompetence by some officials who were appointed by politicians without requisite merit.
It was gathered that the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, would have their helmsmen relieved of their positions, while some other officials on political appointment would either be shown the way out or demoted out of their current positions.
It will be recalled that the Managing Director of the NAMA, Ibrahim Abdulsalam, is currently facing graft charges by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over discoveries of large misappropriation of agency fund into private accounts in connivance with some of his senior officers.
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Abdulsalam was charged alongside six others with stealing and conversion of the agency’s money amounting to N6.8 billion.
The other accused are: Adegorite Olumuyiwa, Agbolade Segun, Clara Aliche, Joy Adegorite, and two companies — Randville investment Ltd, Multeng Travels and Tours Ltd.
His FAAN counterpart, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, it was gathered, is already due for retirement and would be eased out on the basis of this, in the coming mass purge.
Investigation further revealed that the incumbent General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, would also be affected.
Our correspondent learnt that Dati has been demoted to a Level 14, from his octopus height, a devise employed to ease him out of the system.
Dati, a former Commissioner in Plateau State, was brought to FAAN as General Manager, Public Affairs, to take over from Akin Olukunle, by the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah.
His entrant into the sector signposted a major swift change in the status quo, as Dati was imposed as the Sole Administrator, Public Affairs of the five agencies under the ministry, thus making other spokes person he met on the job, subservient to him.
By Gboyega Adeoye