The Federal Government has withdrawn the appointment of the Director of finance of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mr. Tochukwu Bede Uchendu.
Two aviation unions, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) recently petitioned the head of service of the federation and called for the sack of two directors in FAAN for irregularities in their appointments by the Aviation minister.
A disengagement letter dated 27th April 2015, signed by A A Tsafe director human resource management, on behalf of the minister of aviation read in part: "We regretfully inform you that the letter is hereby withdrawn pending the conclusion of the necessary due process on the matter."
The letter further directed Mr Tochukwu Uchendu to vacate the office until the due process was concluded and formal letter of appointment issued to him.
The petition described as "illegal appointments of the directors of finance and commercial in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)".
The petition addressed to the Head of Service dated 23rd March, 2015 alleged that the appointments breached established principles.
The petitioners claimed that the now sacked Director of Finance, FAAN, Mr Tochukwu Uchendu, "is currently in the Hon. Minister’s company, Consumer Investment Limited and it’s obvious that he may not be able to discharge his duties without fear or favour as he would inevitably have to contend with conflict of interests because of his ownership status as a board member of Consumer Investment Limited. A company which the wife of the Honourable Minister of Aviation is also a serving Director.”
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