NO mean feat today as the entire aviation industry physically and virtually came out enmasse to celebrate with Mrs Henrietta Vathiri Yakubu, the immediate past General Manager of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN)’s Corporate Affairs department.
The immediate past GM already has left big shoes to be filled as people all around the industry have wish d her well while most others are recommending her for greater assignments since she did a yeoman’s job in fine-tuning the image of FAAN despite the challenges that came up.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video, her boss, the Managing Director of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu extolled her work ethic and wished her all the best as she starts anew with her family.
He described the outgoing general manager as calm, collected, dedicated, hardworking and a loyal representative of FAAN who also has a unique perspective and sense of humour stating that she can work without supervision.
Yadudu said, ‘’I found it necessary to add my voice to others that have spoken. I found her to be very dependable, dedicated and humble in the discharge of her duties. I met her for the first time when I was a GM and since then, she has never changed, she also has a lot of sense of humour when the need arises, she was a very loyal representative of FAAN, I could give assignments without supervision, she needs to know that she has all these qualities.
‘’I wish her all the success and happiness in life, may your life be much more successful.’’, he said.
Immediate past Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma said he took note of her in Abuja as she put in a lot of efforts to get things done and was very successful at running everything.
He said, ”I started realising her potentials in Abuja airport and layer on she put in a lot of efforts to make sure everything was ran very successfully. she has done very excellently in that position because we worked closely. A very excellent officer, the image of FAAN improved tremendously since she assumed duties and this is a good job. ”
Director of airport operations, Captain Muhktar Muye, described her as an amazon, excellent and a very proactive staff.
He said that Mrs. Yakubu carried all her subordinates along in the course of discharging her duties, adding that she was trully the face of FAAN.
‘’I call her the face of FAAN, because she is an amazon, she is dedicated and never ignore her calls, she make her subordinates so proactive’’, he said.
Director Commercial and Business Development, Sadiku Rafindadadi , said she is the channel through which FAAN speaks and a mentor who is always on top of her job.
‘’She is always up and doing, it was a time well spent at FAAN, we will always get back to her because she is not tired’’.
Basil Agboarumi, managing director Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO), prayed she reaps the ‘good seeds she had sown in the aviation sector’, as she bows out of service.
Even the media was not left out as the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents ( LAAC) wrote her a tribute: ‘Astute Public Relations Practitioner bows out in FAAN’ describing how she waded through her functions even amidst serious challenges like the COVID-19 Pandemic.
On the social media facebook, Instagram and Twitter the immediate past GM was heavily serenaded with well wishes and even on various groups as her impact seemingly went far and wide.
Descriptions like’ role model’s, ‘icon’, ‘mother’ and dependable lady trended on a majority of write-ups on the web.
Other staff and representatives of agencies showered praises on her and extolled her virtue at the event.