Monday, March 05, 2012

Aviation set for staff audit

To eliminate ghost workers in its agencies, the Ministry of Aviation is to begin a biometric audit of staff and pensioners in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA),Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB) and the Nigerian Metrological Agency(NIMET).

The move, which is part of government’s desire to reduce personnel cost and enhance efficiency of operations, is to take effect from next week. The measure is contained in a circular issued by the supervising ministry

Sequel to the commencement of the exercise, the staff of these agencies have been mandated by the ministry to bring along their staff identity cards, birth certificate, letter of appointment, letter of last promotion, one government issued identity card, which should be either; international passsport, national identity card, driver’s licence and a passport photograph.

On pensioners, the circular directed that those affected to come with the original documents of their retirement or pension identity cards, and same requirements as existing staff. The circular, according to the ministry, will start on March 12 and end in March 20.

It advised both staff and pensioners to ensure that they present themselves physically for the exercise, as failure to do so will lead to stoppage of further payment of salaries and pension beginning from May 2012.

It further disclosed that staff will be captured at the location of primary assignment, while pensioners wouldl be captured at agencies nearest to them.

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Joe Obi, said the essence of the exercise is to establish the exact number of staff in the various agencies, adding that the audit would further help to fish out ghost workers in the agency, identify areas where there are vacancies, to enable the government to deploy the related personnel in areas where there are gaps.

"The bio-metric exercise will establish the staff strength, the actual number of staff and pensioners and where vacancies exist in the agencies under the aviation ministry," he said.

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