FAAN Board Condemns Use Of Casual Staff

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The Board of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has expressed shock that casual workers have been manning sensitive areas for years in FAAN without being considered for engagement.
Chief Ebtimi Banigo and his members expressed the shock when the board visited FAAN Clinic at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa when they were informed that one of the medical doctors has been a casual staff since 2003 including the nurses.
The Tide learnt that, Dr. Joseph Ibrahim, the Assistant Medical Personnel has been a casual worker with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) since 2003 without gainful employment.
Apart from Dr Ibrahim most of the nurses of the FAAN Clinic are said to be casuals which the board reportedly frowned at.
Further investigations revealed that casual workers also exist in other departments including commercial, accounts, electrical, mechanics, driver, operations and the manager’s office.
The Tide learnt that about 120 casual workers are currently working at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Richard Aisuebeugun had assured that appointment letters would be released to casuals who attended interview in June 2007. But last month, the Authority employed five persons out of 120 casuals on the list.
Sources claimed that the five persons employed were closed relations of some directors of the authority.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Mr Akin Olukunle when contacted on phone said the Authority has started absorbing officers who have been on casual list, adding that it is a continuous process.
Olukunle who said not everybody would be absorbed into the system noted that all stakeholders are involved in the process including workers representatives.
According to him, 50 persons have so far been absorbed into the system, assuring that more would be employed gradually since it is a continuous process.
The board, however, assured that the matter must be given serious attention.