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Aviation Minister Redeploys 'Powerful' Human Resources Manager At FAAN, Engages 55 Workers

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) last weekend experienced a mini shake-up as the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika redeployed, engaged and employed no fewer than 55 staff in the agency.

The most prominent name on the list is Hajiya Salamatu Umar-Eluma who was significantly demoted having been moved from her plum post as the Director, Human Resources, FAAN to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) in the same capacity.

Umar-Eluma has been having a running battle with the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma in the past two years, while attempt to post her out of the agency in the past, had met a brick wall.

Earlier in the year, attempts to move Umar-Eluma to the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) failed. There are reports that Umar-Eluma is a close ally of Mrs. Aisha Buhari and also has her eyes in the Managing Director’s position in FAAN.

A document made available to Sahara Reporters with the reference number: MCA/0146/S.22/Vol.T/91, dated 18th August 2017, addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, convened the redeployment of Umar-Eluma and appointment of two others.

Other two on the list with Umar-Eluma are Mallam Kabir A.N. Mohammed who was appointed as General Manager, Accounts while Mr. Anozie Norris was engaged as the Director, Human Resources of FAAN. The position previously held by Umar-Eluma.


The letter was signed on behalf of the minister by the Director, Human Resources, Ministry of Transport, Mr. S.U.D. Maigana.

Also, another letter dated 19th August 2017 with the title: ‘Submission of Deployment of General Managers and Other Key Management Staff,’ approved the deployment of 52 other key personnel in the agency including General Managers.

Some of the names on the list are Oyaremi Mamud, Grade Level (GL) 17 was moved from Environment Headquarters to Estate Manager Headquarters; Zakari Mamuda, GL 17, MD’s Officer to the post of a General Manager, MD’s Office; Egbadon Eyinnaya, GL17, Deputy General Manager (DGM) to General Manager, Aviation Security (AVSEC); Agbi Elifue, Acting GM Safety Services to GM Safety Services; Ukaegbu Nathaniel, GL16, Acting GM Information Technology to GM Electronics and Ahmed Babatunde, GL16, Acting GM Finance to GM Finance.

Others are Oni Olajumoke, GL16, DGM Airport Operations to GM Airport Operations; Yakubu Henrietta, GL16, AGM Corporate Affairs to GM Corporate Affairs; Nowgu John, GL16, DGM HOD Abuja to GM Electrical Headquarters; Sonaike Franca, GL16, HOD Communication, MMA to GM Business Development Headquarters; Shin-Aba V. Bamidele, GL16, HODs Operation MMA to Airport Manager, MMA and Olonisakin Grace, GL16, Acting GM Audit to GM Finance 11.

Also promoted are Ajeigbe F. Abiodun, GL16, HOD Audit Abuja to AGM Audit to GM Audit Headquarters; Ojo Adedeji, GL16, Airport Manager Ibadan to Regional General Manager, South South/South East, Airport Manager, Port Harcourt; Benard Ailemen, GL16, AVSEC Admin to Ag. GM AVSEC Admin; Odugbemi Solomon . O, GL16, Regional General Manager, South West to DGM AVSEC  Operations and Muhtar Mohammed. GL 16, Airfield Services to Ag. GM Airfield Services.

Others are Auta Nehemiah A, GL16, Airport Manager, MMA to DGM Operations Headquarters; Akinselure Victor, GL16 ARFFS Headquarters to Airport Manager Ibadan, Shallangwa James Bata, GL16 DGM HOD Cargo Development to HOD Commercial MMA; Danmusa Abdulkadir J., GL16 Airport Manager Minna to Airport Manager Katsina; Engr. N.C. Sanya, GL16, Ag. Regional Manager (NC) to Headquarters Mechanical; Chikene Buba Abdullahi, GL 16 Airfield Services to DGM Airfield Services and Abubakar Ahmed A, GL16, Airport Manager Sokoto to Airport Manager Minna.

Sani L. Mamuda, GL16 Airport Manager Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja to Ag. Regional Manager/Airport Manager, NAIA; Sabo Bello Mohammed, GL16 Airport Manager Katsina to Ag. Regional General Manager, North West/North East, Airport Manager Kano; Gambo A. Aboki, GL16, Airport Manager, Kano to Airport Manager Sokoto; Nwobu Chigbo Amechi, GL16 Airport Manager, Port Harcourt to LWS Headquarters; Nwachi Charles Onyedikachi, GL16 dgm (ICT) Headquarters, retains her position and grade level in the same headquarters.

Also elevated were Ndudinachi Rejoice, GL16 DGM Operations Headquarters to GM Standards and Compliance; Uforo Clara E, GL16 DGM Headquarters to DGM Operations Headquarters; Bassey Hope Ewa, GL16, AVSEC Training to AVSEC headquarters; Obashe Danjuma T, GL16 AVSEC Headquarters to AVSEC Training and Onyi Vincent, GL15 AVSEC Enugu to HOD AVSEC, Enugu.

Also, 15 other staff of the agency who were on Grade Level 17 retained their positions according to the document.

They are Jimoh Sanni, Lawal O. Abubakar, Musa Mohammed, Abiola Muniru, Sule Aminu, Temlong Niger, Nwodo Ephraim E, Oduwole Olawale, Kolawole Simeon, Adegbesan Abiodun and A.Y.M. Bello.

Others in that category are McAbraham Inajoh Nath, Okoye Ebele and Aromiwura Aderemi.