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NAMA Improper placements: NUATE petitions Ministry over anomalies calls for tsunami

SEQUEL to the story published by Nigerianflightdeck.com Aftermath Tsunami: FG restructures FAAN amidst fear of concession, job loss on October 25, 2016; it is now no news that the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) may soon be embroiled in sacks at various levels.

From a credible source, Nigerianflightdeck.com has learnt that some directors, including the company secretary as reported in the aforementioned report may be affected as they may have been beneficiaries of illegal employments since 2013.

A union executive said that they have written to the ministry since October 15th, 2016 with the names of the personnel involved in this stating that the same fate as those sacked in Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) awaited these people in NAMA.

Nigerianflightdeck.com dug further and obtained the petition to the ministry which was written by National Union of Air Transport Employees and signed by the union’s General Secretary, Comrade Olayinka Abioye

As our earlier report indicated the petition mentioned Mrs. Clara Aliche, Director of Finance (Staff No. 3258), as having been employed “without prior public service experience she was made Director on November 21, 2012.

Mrs. Adiche, it would be recalled, is one of those facing charges from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) along with three other top management staff for involvement in the N6.5 billion fraud in the agency.

Others also named in the petition include Oki Paul (Staff No. 3241), the Company Secretary, who hails from Delta State and was and Saleh Ibrahim (Staff No. 3640), Director of Administration,  on Grade Level 17 an  indigene of Sokoto State who was employed on  May 2, 2013.

A Mr. Akangson Ekerete (Staff No.3243), the Director of Human Resources from Akwa Ibom State; was also employed on September 30, 2012, without prior public service experience.

The petition also mentioned a lot of others including one Mr. Kuku Oluwaseun (Staff No. 3512), the General Manager in the Managing Director’s office employed on January 2, 2013.

One Aliyu Yahya, an Assistant General Manager of Grade Level 15 and staff number 3485 a native of Kaduna State, was said to have retired from the defunct National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) and had already been paid his retirement benefits.  Okoro Arukwe (Staff No.2650) is an Assistant General Manager on Grade Level 15. He was engaged by NAMA on December 6, 2013, and placed above normal entry-level despite arriving without prior public service experience.

Others are Opaluwa Aduku (Staff No. 3609), who is on Grade Level 14. The 51-year old Kogi State indigene was employed on January 2, 2013 and placed above normal entry-level despite never working in the public service before being engaged by NAMA, Onah Uchenna (Staff No. 3230), a Grade Level 14 officer in the Commercial Department. The 50-year old Enugu indigene was placed above entry level despite lacking previous public service experience. Others include Nwabueze Williams (Staff No. 3695 and Grade Level 13), Inyang Ellen, (Staff No. 3246 and Grade Level 12), Ukpai Robert (Grade Level 12 officer with Staff No. 3775), Ogisi Joyce (Grade Level 10 with Staff No. 3245) Agha Chinyere (Grade Level 10 with Staff No. 3237), Okoro Chukwudi (Grade Level 10 with Staff No.3242) and Arisa Chinwe (Staff No. 3248 on Grade Level 10).

According to our NUATE source, 29 staff members were improperly employed and without prior public service experience among other irregularities and called on government not to turn a blind eye to the anomaly but use this as an opportunity to correct some of the ills that have pervaded the aviation industry,

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