There are reports that the federal government will soon resume its retrenchment exercise in the agencies under the aviation ministry. Senator Hadi Sirika, the minister of state for aviation, revealed this on Saturday night, November 12, during his second Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum in Lagos.
According to Sahara Reporters, Sirika explained that there are at least 88 General Managers on Grade Level 17 in the three agencies in the sector, saying that the number is more than what is required.According to him, the agencies to be affected by another round of “proper placement and sack,” are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
He gave the assurance that the government will continue to weed out unrequired personnel in the system, stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has already given his approval for proper restructuring to take place in all the agencies.
“In all, we have 88 General Managers in these agencies. Most of them are not required and were just given portfolios. As I’m talking to you now, we have approval for proper restructuring in the agencies. We have started with FAAN. Very soon, we will get to other agencies in the sector. “But, we have to do it according to the Acts that set up these agencies so that we don’t run into a problem,” he said.
Recall that the Nigerian aviation sector on Wednesday, October 12, was hit with a major shakeup as about 21 senior officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were sacked. The officials affected included directors, general managers and deputy general managers, were reportedly handed their termination of appointment letters.