By Chinenye Ugonna
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered at least N3 billion in numerous bank accounts of the managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (pictured below)
Reports claim that he was cleared of the charges after giving bribe to top officials in different ministries – Some members of the management staff were said to have been displeased with the act of the EFCC.
Sahara Reporters is claiming that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has found at least N3 billion in numerous bank accounts of Mr Saleh Dunoma, the managing director of the FAAN.
According to the report, a source said the funds in the account were discovered four months ago by the EFCC after a security screening was carried out on him.
The report claimed that Dunoma was cleared by the EFCC despite a swing of evidence of corrupt practices found against him after he allegedly gave N750 million to the officials in the anti-graft agency, minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Ministry of Transport, and some officials in the presidency.
Nevertheless, some management staff of FAAN were said to have leaked some documents through the EFCC because they were displeased at how he was cleared. Despite the leak, the EFCC is yet to act.
“How can someone who has been a civil servant all his life come about N3 billion in his accounts, properties in Dubai and Singapore and yet, was cleared by EFCC? That’s the part of the corruption we are talking about.
“FAAN today has a management crisis as there is a cold war among the directors, who felt they have not been properly treated by the management. For instance, Ogunode was appointed an acting MD in the absence of Dunoma, but he’s not active.
“FAAN is being run by Kabir and one Mrs. Awe in his office. These two people are the ones implementing the posting of officers in FAAN to out stations and without Dunoma’s signature,” said a source.
However, the source accredited the mismanagement of the agency to corruption of top officials in the Ministry of Transport.
In June, the government was set to demote at least 40 general managers and deputy general managers in the FAAN because some were referred to the system by politicians and placed on grade level 16 and above.
“The government was determined to ensure proper placement of staff in FAAN at the initial stage because of the grumbling among some who felt that younger people with less experience and qualifications were placed above them, but all of a sudden, the government went mute on this.
Some of the directors too are even over 60 years old and still, they don’t want to go.
“For instance, our director of administration, Mr Nkechi Uko, is over 60 years old and he’s still in office.
He has refused to go and the management even knows that his file indicated that he’s over 60 years old. “But despite retiring, he and some others are busy lobbying the minister,” said a source.
However, the report claims that Dunoma owns a house and shopping mall in Dubai as well as a hotel in Singapore which are being managed by one of his two children.
Mr. Dunoma was employed by the aviation agency in 1980 and under the civil engineering department of the non-operational Nigeria Airports Authority which was later transformed into the FAAN.
He was later appointed director of engineering services in February 2009. Barely five years later, he was appointed managing director of FAAN.