Insider information making rounds at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) indicate that the regulatory body seems to be in sixes and sevens especially with what can be described as an almost absent Director General of the agency.
It would seem that NCAA helmsman, Capt Usman Muhtar since he assumed office few months ago may not have been very inclusive even in his travels as Staff of NCAA have been groaning under severe and unfriendly working environment and inability of the management to pay various outstanding staff claims piled up in the office of the Director General. Our source reveal that aircraft inspectors have not been paid to do their inspection of aircraft outside Lagos as a result of non release of funds to carry out their functions as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO. Those denied money to attend to their statutory inspection function include inspectors from the Directorate of licensing, directorate of operations and training. As at the time of this report the Director of licensing and that of operations and training have resigned their appointments three consecutive times Nigerian flight deck has also gathered that on the DG’s table right now is that of Capt Sidi’s paper who his colleagues kept on appealing not to dump the agency. The source accused him of running a one man show and does not respect the views of his directors and queried Capt Sidi, the director of licensing who was acting in his absence for approving N50000 for administrative matter As at the time of filing this story, the job of the Director of Human Resources was on the line because he vowed to stop at nothing to see him out so as to pave way for a favoured kinsman, who is at present a general manager, described by workers as incompetent. Only last week, the DG removed Medioye as GM admin and swapped him with that of corporate planning. A close source accused him of his incompetence with so many personal assistants on different areas as against his entitlements It source also revealed that Muhtar has been lodging in five star hotels in Abuja and Lagos with hotel fees of over N10 million and N3.5m monthly respectively and spend most of his time outside the country with files Pilling up on his desk. The source queried why NCAA has not been able to acquire a permanent building for the agency’s Chief since the agency was established instead of wasting their resources on expensive accommodation. It was also learnt that most times he prefers Protea hotel to Sheraton and Transcorp Hilton where NCAA has retainership. The source further hinted that that only contractors that are close to the management were being paid their money but not without parting with some percentage of the amount received.