NIGERIA- Barely two years after his confirmation of his five-year tenure as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma has been sacked.
The sack of Dunoma came to many as a rude shock.
Dunoma had been touring the airports with the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika for commissioning of some airport projects.
The duo with other chief executive officers were together in Lagos on Friday and Saturday for commissioning of projects, while they also travelled together on the same day to Ibadan and Benin for the continuation of the commissioning of some projects at the airports.
A statement by the Deputy Director Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), Mr. James Odaudu stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the removal of Dunoma.
In his replacement, the government has approved the appointment of Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, the current Director of Airport Operations in the same agency.
Odaudu said that the appointment of Yadudu takes immediate effect.
Dunoma who was the Director of Business Management in FAAN was appointed in 2014, during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan as an acting Managing Director.
In 2017, his appointment was confirmed by Buhari.
With the confirmation, his tenure was supposed to end in 2022, but he was sacked barely two years into his tenure.
Though, a source close to the ministry told SaharaReporters that there had been deep enmity between Dunoma and Sirika in recent time.
Also, it was learnt that Dunoma had been battling some health challenges in recent time.
Dunoma with his position as the Managing Director of FAAN was the President of Airport Council International – Africa (ACI-A) in Nigeria, but with his removal Nigeria may lose that position.
Oduadu stated that Yadudu is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airport Council International (ACI) accredited international airport professional.
He also holds professional certifications in Avionics, Airport Safety Management Systems, Airport Security Management and Air Transport Systems Management amongst others.