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Amaechi fires 20 FAAN directors, managers

About 21 senior officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were on yesterday fired in a major shake-up at the agency while others were demoted.

Victims cut across directors, general managers and deputy general managers, were reportedly handed their termination of appointment letters.

Besides, new directors of finance and accounts, as well as commercial and business development, have been appointed.

Whereas it was not clear the cause of the sack, sources said those demoted may have been improperly promoted

Stakeholders said the Federal Government had been concerned about certain issues at FAAN such as the engagement of about 40 general managers, the creation of many directorates that brought about duplication of duties and raised the authority’s monthly overhead to an estimated N800m.

Some of the general managers were said not to have the requisite qualifications for the sensitive positions they held, as many of them, including deputy general managers, had reportedly left the university about 10 years ago and could not have qualified for the office they held.

Many of the affected officers were moved from Grade Levels 17 and 16 down to 10, 12 and 14.

Some of the demoted workers were said to have received their letters, authorising them to report to their superiors, who were their subordinates before the exercise.

The Federal Government is also reportedly planning to reduce the number of directorates in the aviation agencies as part of the restructuring exercise and the development would affect the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

Analysts are tracing the cleansing the fallout of a panel’s report headed by the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, which recommended the need for a proper placement in FAAN.

In another development and part of the clean up at the nation’s airspace management structure, the NAMA may get a new managing director before December as its acting Managing Director, Emmanuel Anasi, is expected to proceed on terminal leave by the end of the year.

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