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FG denies sacking FAAN’s director of finance over appointment irregularities

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OSITA-CHIDOKA

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

FEDERAL Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), acting on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, has denied reports by some media, that its Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA), Mr. Tochukwu Bede Uchendu has been sacked by the
Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, over some alleged irregularities detected in his appointment, and for granting unauthorized waivers worth over one billion naira.

Some media (not The Guardian), had recently reported that Uchendu was allegedly sacked over a protest by the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) complaining that his appointment did not follow due process as laid down in the civil service rule.

Reacting to this report, the general manager, corporate affairs, Yakubu Dati said the ‘story in question was not only false but also malicious as Mr. Uchendu’s appointment was neither irregular nor did he ever grant waivers to any FAAN customer, not to talk of waiver amounting to over one billion naira’.

According to Dati, DFA of FAAN ‘does not have the power to grant waiver to any customer’.
On his appointment, the GM said ‘Uchendu was only asked to wait for the conclusion of all formalities (due process)’, adding that ‘the due process is still on-going’.

The Guardian gathered that while Uchendu has been asked to step aside, one Hajia Binta Bello has stepped in as acting DFA, while the fate of the former DFA, Mohammed Abbas, whom Uchendu replaced is yet unknown.


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