By Sade Williams
In a bid to ensure increased efficiency and effectiveness in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Hon. Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has approved the appointment, promotion and redeployment of top management staff of the agency with immediate effect.
According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Farouk A. Umar was confirmed as substantive Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Service just as Mr. Gabriel Akpen, who was until now the General Manager, Search and Rescue/Civil Military Co-ordination was elevated to Director of Operations.
The Directorates of Human Resources and Administration have equally been merged, with former General Manager, Customer Services/Servicom, Barr. Maira Bashir taking over as Director of Human Resources and Administration.
In the same vein, Mr. Umoh Aniefiok, formerly of the Finance and Accounts Department at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been redeployed to NAMA as Director of Finance and Accounts while Mr. Khalid Udoh Emele is to head the Public Affairs Department of the agency as General Manager.
Also newly appointed are three Deputy General Managers to anchor some strategic units in the agency. These include Miss Kaosarat Fawehinmi, DGM, Project Management Office (PMO); Mr Bajie F. Abang, DGM, Security Unit and Obioma Solomon, DGM, Industrial Relations and Discipline.
In a statement, the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said the above postings by the Honourable Minister were to reposition and streamline NAMA towards enhanced productivity and to ensure that all projects and programmes of the agency are properly executed bearing in mind accountability and adherence to timelines.
Akinkuotu, who held a brief session with the management team thanked all staff of the agency for their continued support just as he charged incoming appointees to ensure service excellence and efficiency within the system.
The NAMA boss also enjoined them to ensure compliance with all government directives particularly the recent Executive Orders.