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15 Nov 2016

Controversial FAAN MD’s Chief Of Staff Prepares To Move To SON For Two Years

Mohammed Kabir, the controversial Chief of Staff (CoS) to the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma, is set to relocate his services to the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for two years.

SaharaReporters learnt that Kabir, who was the first CoS in FAAN, is being seconded to SON starting from January 2017.
Kabir, who is on Grade Level 16 although sources in FAAN said he ought to be on GL 14, will head the Lagos office of SON as a director.

Replacing Kabir will be the Regional Manager of Kano Airport, Abdulmumuni Zachary, who will take up the new position also in January 2017.  Before his redeployment to Kano, Zachary was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of FAAN at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

A source close to the Ministry of Transportation told our correspondent that Kabir who was given accelerated promotion because of his closeness to Dunoma and former Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah.

Kabir and one Mrs. Awe, a secretary to Dunoma, were said to be the de facto Managing Director of FAAN when the helmsman was sick and had surgery abroad.

For almost three months, Kabir and Awe implemented posting and redeployment of officers in FAAN to out stations and within, despite the appointment of an Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Femi Ogunode, who was the most senior staff at the time.

The duo, it was learnt, went as far as taking letters to Dunoma in Abuja for his signature regarding the posting of staff.

Kabir who has been a civil servant all his life, our correspondent learnt, has mansions in Abuja and other states of the federation with one N16 million car in his possession.  He is also alleged to have benefited from several unscrupulous contracts in FAAN, using his position as CoS to Dunoma.  He currently resides in FAAN’s quarters meant for GL 17 officers in the agency.

SaharaReporters further learnt that Kabir decided to go to SON on two years secondment because of the on-going right placement in FAAN and other parastatals in the industry.

The source said, “Kabir has been a very powerful force in FAAN over the years. He benefited from accelerated promotion in the system and he was supposed to be affected by the last right placement exercise, but due to his connection in the system, he was let off the hook.

“But, because the government is bent on going ahead with the ongoing right placement in FAAN, he has decided to go to SON for two years on secondment. It was actually Dunoma that helped him process the posting.”

The sources further stated that when Kabir was asked why he wanted to move to SON, he told one of his close allies that the MD is now old enough to take care of himself.  Having been Dunoma’s backbone over the years, he at a time agitated for the position of Director of Airport Operations, a move that was nullified because he has several senior staff ahead of him.”

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