Four months after her redeployment to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the former Director of Human Resources and Administration of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Hajia Salamatu Umar-Elumah is yet to resume to her new post.
Umar-Elumah had vowed in August when she was redeployed to the agency by a letter from the Ministry of Transport, Aviation Unit that she would never report to AIB, alleging that she was being victimized by the minister and “some powers that be in FAAN.”
Rather, a source close to her told SaharaReporters that Umar-Elumah had opted for a one year leave without payment, an allegation she debunked and promised to resume to her new duty post within a month.
But, four months later, Umar-Elumah is yet to resume at AIB or return to her former position in FAAN, as the ministry had appointed someone to replace her at the agency.
This is what a source close to the ministry told our correspondent, that the presidency had verbally told the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika to return her to FAAN, where she had worked for 17 years before her redeployment to AIB.
But, despite the verbal order, Sirika is yet to issue her another letter returning Umar-Elumah to invalidating the initial letter.
Also, the Commissioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru, in a recent briefing with the media, confirmed that Umar-Elumah was yet to resume at AIB, but confirmed the receipt of a letter from the ministry, posting her to the bureau.
“We got a letter from the Ministry of Transportation posting her to AIB. All I can say to you is that nobody has reported," he said.
AIB has since been operating without a Human Resources Director, following the controversy over the posting, but has a Head of Human Resources who was redeployed to the agency in 2016 from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Mr. Benjamin Okewu.
It would be recalled that Hadi Sirika in a massive posting and redeployment involving senior management Staff posted Umar-Elumah to AIB, but she rejected the posting.
Less than a week after her posting to AIB, Umar-Elumah had written a strongly worded petition to the presidency, alleging “subtle attempts at truncating my career by the Authorities in the Aviation Sector of the Federal Ministry of Transportation".
According to her, in 2000, she applied for employment with FAAN following a job placement advert by the then Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and after the rigorous recruitment exercise, she was eventually employed and appointed an Assistant General Manager.
Our correspondent had gathered from a source close to the Ministry of Transport that few days before the letter conveying her redeployment to AIB was issued, Umar-Elumah had already requested for a year study leave without pay from the management.
The letter, we learned was accepted and approved by Dunoma.