Federal government’s promise to overhaul the operations of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was made manifest Friday with the immediate sack of all directors in the service of the organization.
The sack letters were administered on 10 directors namely, 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), Mr Benedict Adeyileka (Director of Airworthiness), Mr Justus Wariya (Director of Air Transport Regulation), Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi (Director of Consumer Protection), Capt. Ayodele Sasegbon (Director of General Aviation), and Mr Austin-Amadi Ifeanyi (Director of Human Resources).
All affected directors were directed to handover to their immediate subordinates.
Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development, saying “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.”
A pointer to Federal Government’s action emerged in October, 2016 with the demotion and termination of the appointment of some 22 directors and general managers at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
After the October exercise, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had promised that the ensuing restructuring programme would be extended to NCAA and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
It is not certain if Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to Murtala Mohammed International Airport on Wednesday served as trigger for the mass sack of NCAA directors.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that the sack exercise had the consent of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
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