The decision of the Permanent Secretary in the federal ministry of aviation, Hajia Binta Bello to appoint a new Director of Legal for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is causing ripples in the agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
Hajia Binta, who is currently on Hajj in Saudi Arabia is said to have drawn the irk of staff of the agency by appointing an outsider when capable hands abound in FAAN and also for allegedly perfecting plans to allow a former director of Commercial and Business Development at (FAAN) Mr. Adewakan Omotayo Ayodeji who was sacked by the federal government few weeks ago to return to the country’s airport managing authority.
Investigations revealed that cross section of staff have resolved to prevent the Permanent Secretary’s appointee, a woman and alleged personal friend of hers from resuming work today (Monday 14th) at the cooperate headquarters at the airport in Lagos.
At present, FAAN’s legal department is also embroiled in a seniority contest which arises due to a malpractice in a promotion exercise that has created bad blood among staff of the directorate.
Investigations showed that trouble started when the former Aviation Minister, Mr. Osita Chidoka brought in the outgoing Legal Services Director Barr. (Mrs) Magdalene Uchechukwu Isichei and effected unpopular promotion that didn’t go down well with most staff.
The current Deputy General Manager (DGM), Directorate of Legal Services Mrs. Bridget Gold was said to have been elevated above the current Assistant General Manager (AGM) Mrs. Monica Alphonse, Monica was not only called to the bar before her immediate boss, she also joined FAAN and was the one who interviewed Mrs. Bridget before she was employed into the agency.
In a related development, an arrowhead of the planned protest and also a labour activist in FAAN confided to our correspondent that the sacked director has been lobbying the permanent secretary for him to be brought back for a one year contract in FAAN.
The source showed a document titled ‘withdrawal of letter of appointment’ dated 17th August 2015 and addressed to the former director as evidence.
The document, signed by A.A. Tsafe, the director of human resource management for permanent secretary Ministry of Aviation was handed over to Mr. Ayodeji terminating his appointment.
Part of the letter with Ref. No. FMA/FAAN/7090/T2/104 dated 13th March 2015, reads “the above subject and regretfully to inform you that in view of the fact that the policy on the eight years tenure has caught up with you since 12th March 2015, your letter of appointment as director of commercial and business development is hereby withdrawn with immediate effect”
The director was earlier sent packing after his mandatory eight years in FAAN but was brought back by Osita Chidoka as a director.
This angered aviation workers which led to protest demanding his sack from the system to allow career civil servants in the system to be promoted.
The development is not going down well with workers of FAAN who have vowed to frustrate his coming back.
A staff who craved anonymity affirmed that workers in the same category as Mr Ayodeji were affected by the same eight years tenure and have since left the system and advised that he should follow suite.
They equally queried the rational behind frequent appointment of directors from outside the organisation when the agency has personnel that should have been elevated to man the positions from within the system.
The staff also advised the perm secretary to rescind her decision in the interest of peace and industrial harmony in the ministry where she currently held sway.