A petition written by the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) has forced the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, to sack the newly appointed Director of Finance and Account of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Tochukwu Bede Uchendu. A fortnight ago, ATSSSAN drew the attention of concerned authorities to Uchendu’s appointment and described it as illegal, as the later was still holding another job, while working as a Director of Finance in FAAN.
The union had in a petition to the Head of Service of the Federation on March 23, 2015, claimed that Uchendu is a director in the company owned by the minister, Consumer Investment Limited, and therefore. It is obvious that he may not be able to discharge his duties without fear or favour as he would have to contend with conflict of interests because of his ownership as a board member of Consumer Investment Limited, a company which the wife of the minister is also a serving Director. A letter addressed to the sacked director, bearing the letterhead of the Ministry of Aviation and signed by the Director of Human Resources Management in the ministry.
A.A Tsafe, asked Tochukwu Uchendu to vacate the office until the due process is concluded and a formal letter of appointment issued to him.