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Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by dre11(m): 11:32am On May 12
By Chinelo Obogo

There is a massive air of suspense in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) over the recent shortlisting of about 35 candidates to be trained and recruited as Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) with insiders alleging that majority of the shortlisted candidates were from northern part of the country and almost 18 allegedly from Katsina State.

Daily Sun exclusively learnt that the recruitment process was not only said to be lopsided but also shrouded in secrecy following management’s inability to advertise the vacanciesin line with the law establishing the Federal Character Commission which mandates that vacancies for positions in the Federal Civil Service be advertised in one Southern and one Northern paper for a period of six weeks.



A source told Daily Sun that this was the first time such recruitment of ATCOs in particular was happening in NAMA. The source further said the workers were told that management was able to get approval from the Federal Character Commission because it was allegedly told that what was being done was ‘not a recruitment but replacement.’

Sections 14.3 and 14.4 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) requires that there shall be no ‘predominance of persons from a few states or ethnic or other sectional groups’ in the Federal Government and its agencies. But sources within the agency alleged that it was the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, that sent in the list of the candidates that were shortlisted and accused him of running a ‘one man show’ by exerting undue control over the six agencies under his supervision.

“Among those were shortlisted for training as ATCOs, only one or two were from the South East, about three were from the South West, while 18 were from Katsina where the Minister comes from. The remaining recruits were from the rest of the northern states,” a source told Daily Sun.


Barely two years ago, the aviation minister was accused of being responsible for a similar lopsided recruitment into the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) when the agency needed security officers in all airports especially Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja.

Daily Sun gathered that at the time, FAAN had concluded interviews in all the airports and wanted to give priority to those who were already working as causal staff in the different states because they were used to the terrain.

But an insider told Daily Sun that after FAAN had concluded the interviews for the candidates, “ the minister’s list suddenly emerged from the blues with majority of candidates on the list from the north and about 400 from Katsina alone.

Unfortunately, those interviewed by FAAN who were expecting their employment letters were jettisoned.

According to them, although the minister’s candidates didn’t go through any interview, they were given appointment letters and told to camp. After they were redeployed to different states from Katsina, most of them couldn’t cope. How can you carry a level four officer from Katsina to Port Harcourt, how would they cope financially? Most of them returned to Katsina and they are there doing nothing. They just go to their farms and collect salaries at the end of the month because Katisna doesn’t have a busy airport. FAAN had to continue overusing those who were at the airports where we needed people.”



In his response, AviationMinistry’s Director of Media and Publicity, James Odaudu, categorically denied the allegations leveled against Sirika, telling Daily Sun that the minister is a stickler for due process and was neither responsible for recruitment into agencies nor ensuring that vacancies in NAMA are published in national dailies.

Meanwhile there have been strong concerns over evaluation process in NAMA as the shortlisted candidates in NAMA was conducted on April 12 at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) and the result of the exercise has already been released. Though it is still being kept under wraps, insiders within the agency allege that the evaluation was faulty and didn’t follow the due process that would ensure that very competent people are selected as ATCOs.

One of the issues raised is that most of those recruited are far above the age of 27 required for the position of a cadet in the Air Traffic Control Department. A source told Daily Sun that in the employment manual, it was stated there that a cadet should not be more than 27 years.

“If they employ cadets at 25 and they go to Zaria for training for two years, by the time they are through, they will be around 27 or 28 but instead Human Resources employed people that are over 30 years old and by the time they are through with training, they will be about 35 to 37 years. Those who drew up that policy did it because a cadet is supposed to be a trainee. You don’t get someone who by the time he is through with NCAT, will have been 35 to come and train under someone who is 27 years old. This is a critical department that deals with the safety of people’s lives. You don’t bring in elderly people that would not fit to do the job. That is just one of the many criteria of the evaluation process that was not met,” the source said.

Daily Sun also reliably learned from another senior management staff who is not authorised to speak on such matters, that the Nigerian Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA) and the Human Resource department have been at loggerheads over staff welfare and recruitment. The body wrote a letter to the management of the agency, expressing concern over the secretiveness of the entire recruitment process and was very worried that considering the very sensitive job of an ATCO (Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for directing the safe movement of aircraft arriving and departing from airports), the Association needed to be involved in the evaluation to ensure that the candidates meet all necessary requirements and only the best hands are selected.

“The questions the HR should be asked are what were the criteria for the evaluation? Were proper aero medicals carried out to ensure that they are mentally and physically fit? Who conducted the evaluation? Was a committee which includes experienced ATCOs set up? Why was NATCA not involved in the process as had been the tradition in the past? Because of the safety implications of air travel and the very sensitive duties of ATCOs, the recruitment should have been made open so that more people can apply and the best shortlisted.

Typically, the pass mark for ATCOs in any examination is 75 percent and even if candidate scores 74 percent, the person would be considered to have failed but they just orchestrated the evaluation process in such a way that will make it easy for most of the shortlisted candidates to scale through.


https://www.sunnewsonline.com/disquiet-in-nama-over-secret-recruitments/


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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by inoki247: 11:34am On May 12
Abokii everywhere that's why the country no get direction again....


Pack Clueless people follow body....

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by PlayMaker14: 11:36am On May 12
Can you now see one of the many reasons why everyone needs to go their separate ways in this country?

Gross nepotism is the order of the day in this lifeless Buhari-led administration.

They can shortlist their ancestors in their NAMÀ (Cow) enterprise, but please let them allow us to go our separate ways.

This useless marriage is not working.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Igbochief001(m): 11:38am On May 12
When they tell u Nigeria must not divide

This is what they want to keep benefiting

How can u do all this and still expect Nigeria to be one

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Tetrahedron: 11:39am On May 12
Dont worry guys, they will eventually work as northern Nigerian Caliphate aviation department or whatever name they give to their new country when this shithole is over

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by SimplyShit: 11:40am On May 12
.... And you want peace and stability in the south east?

Saint UGM continue sending them to hell where they all belong

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Ishilove: 11:44am On May 12
And this, folks, was one of the remote causes of the Rwandan Genocide.

The day I knew we are in trouble in this country was the day I went to the state HQ of the NCS in Apapa during Buhari's first tenure. Every where I turned to, there was a Bala, Usman, Halil, Dikko Yahaya et al waiting to attend to me. I heaved a small sigh of relief when I got to a section where the only thing they do is to sit on their asses and twiddle their thumbs. In this section i finally saw a Bayo and Ifeoma. In every department, 4 out of 5 officers are Northerners, and in some sections, ALL the officers are northerners. My mind boggled.

I saw the same thing when I went to the National HQ of the same NCS in Wuse 3 in 2018. In whole sections the officers were Northerners but it was a bit better here because there were more non-northerners as one moved up the rank and file. Still yet, the lopsided federal representation was glaring. Some of these officers can't even write a simple statement, and the one who attended to me gave me pen and paper to write his report for him after he asked me the correct spellings of some words a couple of times and i gave him. Last last he handed the paper to me and asked me to kukuma continue. I left what I came for to be doing secretary.

Let us be guided. We are in deep shït.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Nukilia: 11:46am On May 12
Nigeria civil service has been poisoned and infiltrated by the Jihadists, the ripple effect will cripple this nation for the next 100 years.

#QuietlyDivideNigeria

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by SoBright101: 11:46am On May 12
This was the plan from the beginning. You think Buhari chose northerners into key positions by accident? Nepotism at it peak under Buhari. Nigerians shall never forget this evil government.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by AustineE1: 11:47am On May 12
The Northern elites has damned the consequences,the now revel with impunity in the worst form of corruption,nepotism and misrule...as a nation we can never expect to be blessed with the grace of light,until this pillagers,scavengers and economic vampires are driven from the seat of power.
In Nigeria my heart bleeds!!!! Indeed 'there was a country'.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by ictjobber: 11:48am On May 12
Normal levels.. We are blacks. Greed, tribe and religion will always come first..

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by nlreserve: 11:54am On May 12
Later, they will blame southeast for not participating

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Nbote(m): 12:00pm On May 12
Wait until U go to Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) den U will really understand d kind of Nepotism dat is ongoing under dis govt
On a lighter note mayb they all thought it's a cow related agency considering it is called NAMA

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by LibertyRep: 12:04pm On May 12
Unfortunately there will always be some willing southern useful idiots who will be falling over themselves to defend this and many more glaring inadequacies of the Buhari-Osinbajo govt.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by immortal2: 12:19pm On May 12
Ipob should intensify the break up of the nation. MB/NC should support us in this quest. When the heat starts, the SW will surely not support savages. They only want a "Shibike" to start it.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by traihit: 12:36pm On May 12
Only one word, one monster, one giant, one stumbling-block and one disaster Nigeria is battling with and the name is SELFISHNESS. It was ruining the country in the colonial era, after the independence and now that the country has almost grounded, it has not stop.

Selfishness of a clan, religion,family and individual. The end result? Nigeria is neither safe for those who destroyed it through their selfishness not those whose lives are the main victims of selfishness.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by RodeDindu: 12:41pm On May 12
Nbote:
Wait until U go to Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) den U will really understand d kind of Nepotism dat is ongoing under dis govt

Just come to CAC, it will shock you more.
When a child is crying and pointing at a place, something is really not right.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by MackIV(m): 1:04pm On May 12
shocked
Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Sirmuel1(m): 1:04pm On May 12
Sai Baba!!!
Kai Baba!!!
Why Baba!! cheesy cheesy

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by rawtouch: 1:04pm On May 12
there is quota system even inside nepotism

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by thatsleepboy1: 1:05pm On May 12
Hadi sirika's handiwork

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by athaboi(f): 1:05pm On May 12
Buhari is evil

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Skillsnigeria: 1:05pm On May 12
My mind left NIGERIA after the 2015 general election.i know NIGERIA will not make any progress under buhari

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by inumidun2010(m): 1:05pm On May 12
I like the fact that these BUFFOONS ARE DIVIDING the COUNTRY... IMAGINE RATIO 18:2:3. This one na YAHOO PRO MAX

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by winterfell007(m): 1:06pm On May 12
These are the sort of bullshits this administration is known for. Promoting nepotism to records never witnessed before even during the civil war, despite the rule of Federal Character Principle. And some idiots will wonder why secessionists are on the rise? they keep giving people enough reason to believe they do not have a future in this country and the need to determine their own future by forming a country of their own.
Whoever coined that phrase: "The unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable" must have been under the toxic influence of "Kunu" and need to be shot dead. the country unity is very much negotiable and it's long overdue to be negotiated. I now reason why Kanu so badly needs a country of his own, his people have longed endured this systematic marginalization and it's about they dismantle this god-forsaken unity

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by iammo(m): 1:06pm On May 12
cool



Buhari and Sirika with their Nepotism again

Aviation, industry is so delicate that favouritism shouldn't be a criteria for recruitment


2023 is not far... We shall see

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by qualityovenbake(m): 1:06pm On May 12
One Nigeria is a scam

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by DropsMic(m): 1:07pm On May 12
Tribe, religion, greed and selfishness will Never allow the black man to rule the right way.. Truly Black people have no business running their own countries...

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by candidbabe(f): 1:07pm On May 12
My father my father, slaughter any man or woman that is bent on improverishing the lives of the common man in this country in Jesus mighty name amen.

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Esseite: 1:07pm On May 12
Buhari would burn this country...

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Re: Disquiet In NAMA Over Secret Recruitments As Half Of Candidate Are From Katsina by Ayo8(m): 1:07pm On May 12
Same as with Nigerian Ports Authority recruitment back in 2017/2018 mostly northerners got the jobs.

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