The Centre for Social Change and Democracy (CSCD) has condemned the recent appointment spree in the Federal Ministry of Aviation by its minister, Hadi Sirika.
The Centre, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Edward Abakpa, described the appointees as cronies of the minister who have no business whatsoever in such positions.
Abakpa said the appointment is a last-ditch attempt by Sirika to reward his loyalists.
Recall that Sirika recently approved the appointment of Kabir Yusuf Mohammed as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The minister also named Engr A. Tayib Odunowo as substantive Managing Director/CEO for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
About 30 others were either handed fresh appointments or redeployed with just a few days to the end of Sirika’s tenure as minister.
And Abakpa said these appointments by Sirika are unnecessary, despicable, and unwarranted in the twilight of the Buhari administration.
He said the latest development highlights how the ministry has regressed in the last eight years under Sirika.
“Sirkika negates the central mystique of the Buhari Administration, especially the anti-corruption fight. While the minister’s excesses aren’t new, they reached a new level with the new appointment.
“Sirika is building obstacles and creating organizational confusion for the incoming administration. His actions have taken the ministry backward. The minister’s direct control resulted in transactional rather than functional operation of the agencies, thereby impeding their progress.
“Sirika through his micromanagement activities has led to the current state of the sector. He has failed woefully in his duties and deserves a certificate for this. He must not cause further wreckage for Bola Tinubu.
“It is on this note that we are calling for a thorough investigation of those appointments, employment, awards of contracts, and promotion within the aviation sector.”
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