A coalition comprised of Aviation Union and Professional association have called for the appointment of a substantive Managing Director for the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to address what is looking like looming unrest that, if unchecked, may derail the agency and truncate safety,
The group in a statement signed by its spokesman, Johnson Agbede and made available to the media stated that if urgent steps are not taken to normalise the situation things could go from bad to worse as workers in the agency do not know whom to take directive from.
Recall it has been over a week that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) invaded NAMA and apprehended its top echelon, along with three others for alleged N5billion fraud leaving a vacuum in the helm of affairs and according to the group, since then the agency has been in a state of crisis.
The group lamented that leadership tussle is currently tearing NAMA apart following the appointment of two officials in Acting capacity in less than one week.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had directed Mr Emmanuel Anasi, himself an Acting Director to again act as the MD/CE in the absence of the substantive CEO however shortly after the appointment the Ministry on Friday directed Akangson, the current Director of Human Resources who is the most senior director to take over as the Acting Managing Director.
According to the group, the appointment of Anasi did not go down well with the substantive directors in the agency who in turn petitioned the Ministry that the tradition of allowing the most senior director to act was not applied.
Following this development, the Coalition of Aviation Unions & professional Associations have called on the Minister of Transportation & the Minister of state to urgently intervene and save the agency from further crises by appointing a substantive Managing Director for the troubled Agency.
According to the group, “The huge financial scandal involving the management of NAMA is overwhelming for anybody to think he can come back to that office.”
They said the organisation therefore requires a substantive CEO who will immediately settle down to business to re organise and reposition the agency for the urgently needed service delivery.
The Unions reminded the authorities to recall that last year and the previous year, they had complained about poor Communication and other navigational facilities in the country’s airspace due to “corrupt practices in NAMA”, but the previous government threw a blind eye to it, now they have been vindicated.
The Unions therefore calling on the government to act immediately in appointing a substantive Managing Director for the Agency to forestall imminent operational lapses that may occur and affect the safety of the Nigerian Airspace and indeed the safety of the flying public.