Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika And The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority’s Secret Employment
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has secretly employed over 380 people in the service without due process since 2015.
According to Saharareporters, over 90 per cent of those employed came from the northern region, with President Muhammadu Buhari’s state of Katsina, alongside Kaduna and Kano taking the lion’s share of the scandalous recruitment.
Aviation minister, Hadi Sirika is also from Katsina.
It was gathered that such secret recruitments had not stopped even though such exercises were not approved by the federal government and were never advertised.
A document titled, ‘Some names of persons employed in Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in 2023,’ shows that out of 54 already given employment letters, 36 names had no state of origin attached to them.
SaharaReporters, however, observed that out of the 36 names, only a handful was from the Southern part.
A chilling revelation shows that the secret employment had been going on since August 2015 when Senator Hadi Sirika took over as Minister of Aviation and has continued till date.
In the list of employment for 2023 obtained, it was observed that the least Staff number for the new employees so far is NCAA/P.2078 while the highest Staff Number is NCAA/P.2229. That means that more than (2229-2078 = 141) have been employed.
A source disclosed that “from 2015 till date, there have been no job adverts. There have been no interviews. Yet, they have been employing mainly people – more than 90% are from the North”.
According to the source, it is more worrisome that “most of them are not even qualified”.
“A lot of them are being given very high salary grade levels above the existing and much more experienced staff,” the source said
From the analysis of the employment lists marked ‘Confidential’ with state of origin attached to each name – Katsina state was allocated – 32 slots; Kaduna state -27; Kano -23; Yobe – 10; Borno – 9; Jigawa – 7; Gombe – 6; Bauchi – 6; Ondo – 6; Kogi – 7; Delta – 5; Adamawa – 3; Ogun – 3; Sokoto – 3; Benue – 3; Abia – 3; Kebbi – 3; Nasarawa – 3; Rivers – 2; Niger – 2; Taraba – 2; Enugu – 2; Zamfara – 2; Abuja – 1; Plateau – 1; Edo – 1; Kwara – 1; Imo – 1; Lagos – 1 and Bayelsa – 1. The states of Ebonyi, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Osun, Ekiti and Oyo were not given any slot in the secret employment.
When the Public Relations Officer Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Sam Adurogboye, was contacted for reaction on the development, said he wasn’t aware of the secret job recruitment.
Adurogboye said “I am not aware of anything like that – secret job recruitment in the establishment.”