Governor Shetima felicitates with FAAN’s MD over Buhari’s award
Workers laud his exemplary leadership
The Governor of Borno State, Gov Kashim Shetima has commended the MD/CEO of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, an engineer, following the National Productivity Merit Award conferred on him by President Mohammadu Buhari, along with 11 others in Abuja recently.
Also, workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have commended the managing director, for what they described as his exemplary leadership and his ability to carry the workers along in the goal of moving the agency forward.
Shetima described Dunoma as a worthy ambassador of the State who has distinguished himself in his chosen carrier. Governor Shetima stated this in Maiduguri while receiving the Managing Director who was on a working visit to the Maiduguri Airport.
He charged him to see the award as a charge to further excel in his call to duty. The Shehu of Bornu, Alhaji Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, while receiving him in his palace, described Dunoma as a worthy son who has made the Emirate proud. He extoled the leadership traits of Dunoma which he said was anchored on hard work, simplicity and humility thereby thanking President Mohammadu Buhari for finding him worthy.
Following his tour of the airport which was recently reopened, Dunoma charged the staff to adhere to safety and security which has remained his priority.
He said the on-going renovation at the airport would soon be completed and the airport would now wear a new look, expressing the hope that with time more people will travel through the airport as peace returns to Borno state.
He said renovation and expansion are also going on at different airports in the country and they would also be completed, adding that the objective was to ensure improved airports with better services and ease of facilitation.
Dunoma also noted that FAAN is receiving many awards recently because of the improvement going on at the nation’s airports, observing that more passengers would continue to travel through the airports so that they have to be passenger friendly with improved facilities as the major task facing the Authority.
From 2011 to date the airports remodelled under the supervision of Dunoma include the General Aviation Terminal (Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA), the International Terminal (MMIA), the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, (International terminal), the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, (domestic terminal), Kaduna Airport terminal, Margaret Ekpo International Airport Terminal, Calabar and Benin Airport terminals.
Others include the Akanu Ibiam International Airport terminal, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe Airport terminal, Owerri, Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal (domestic terminal), Yola Airport terminal.
It has to be noted, however that work is still on-going at some of the terminals, including the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos. And the pace of remodelling work has slowed because FAAN now relies largely on internally generated revenue to complete the projects.
In addition, a new international terminal is being constructed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, close to the existing terminal in preparation for making the airport a major regional hub.
The newly extended departure hall features state-of-the-art screening machines, 30 new Immigration counters against nine previously there, among others.
Remarkably, the new screening machines have the ability to detect explosive materials and potential threat items real time with the lowest rate of false alarm.
The workers in their own commendation said what Dunoma has accomplished within the short period he was appointed to head the Authority, led to new innovations and transparent administration, adding that this obviously explained why MD and the agency have been receiving awards in recognition of his commendable leadership style.
The workers said the evidence of his stewardship was the National Productivity Merit Award conferred on him recently by President Mohammadu Buhari along with 11 other Nigerians in Abuja.
Reacting to the award, the Director of Human Resources, Hajia Salamatu Umar-Eluma described him as a humble and God fearing professional who has demonstrated care and support like a senior brother to her.
The director of administration, director of maintenance and engineering Femi Oguonedo and Ikechi Uko who spoke separately, extoled the leadership traits of Dunoma which they unanimously agreed was anchored on hard work, simplicity and humility.
Other directors including Uchenna Ofulue, Bar Ishieche and Chibuzor Nwachukwu paid glowing tribute to a man they described as taking the organisation to greater heights and pledged to continue to support him in bringing the needed change in the organisation.
They thanked President Buhari for finding him worthy for the award. Under Dunoma, Murtala Muhammed International Airport was named the best emerging airport of Africa region at the 4th Annual Emerging Airports Conference and Exhibition on April 10, 2014.
The workers also assured that FAAN would meet the expectations of the travelling public who want better airport facilities, easy facilitation and security.
They also noted that the Dunoma’s administration would soon complete the automated car park at the international wing of the nation’s airport, the installation of airfield lighting at some airports and the rehabilitation of runways, airport structures and provision of services to improve the airport environment for the passengers.
FAAN management was also commended for the plan to bring in private investors to contribute to the development of airport facilities and the improvement of service to the passengers.
Some of the workers said the MD, who was one of the most experienced staff of FAAN before he was appointed as managing director, has since his appointment ensured that workers are paid their emoluments in time and has embarked on training and retraining of personnel, believing that human resources development is the hallmark of a serious organisation because when new equipment is acquired it is the human beings that will operate the machines to the benefit of the end users.