*Result of VeePee’s unscheduled visit to Nnamdi Azikiwe airport?
*More sack coming in other Aviation Agencies?
Federal Government, on Friday, approved the sack of all the directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with immediate effect.
The directive was issued through the Ministry of Transport under the Ministerial oversight of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the development when called on phone.
He said: “It is true that the directors have been disengaged but I don’t have details of the reasons given for the action by the ministry.” This may be a consequence of the unscheduled visit of the Acting President some days ago to the Nnamdi Aikiwe international airport.
A total of 10 directors were sacked after the approval was given to the ministry by the government.
The directors affected by the purge were Alhaji Salawu Ozigi (Director of Finance and Accounts), Dr Joyce Nkemakolam (Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards), Mr Aba Ejembi (Director of Administration) and Mr Emmanuel Ogunbami (Director of Licensing).
Others were Mr Benedict Adeyileka (Director of Airworthiness), Mr Justus Wariya (Director of Air Transport Regulation), Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi (Director of Consumer Protection), Captain Ayodele Sasegbon (Director of General Aviation), and Mr Austin-Amadi Ifeanyi (Director of Human Resources).
The affected directors were immediately ordered to handover to the next in command in their various directorates, who will in the interim take charge of activities in their directorates.
With the sack of the directors, it is only the Director-General, Captain Muhtar Usman, that remains in the saddle of the regulatory agency.
The government had on 12th October, 2016, sacked and demoted 22 directors and general managers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in a similar purge.
The restructuring was based on the recommendations of the Presidential Committee chaired by the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, had said the restructuring would be extended to the NCAA and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) which were also currently over bloated.