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Capt Yadudu’s 100 Days As FAAN MD

As at the end of August, 2019, the new Managing Director/CEO of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu had clocked 100 days in the office. In this piece, Oluwadamilare Daniels Looks at his achievements within the period.
Capt Yadudu, a former Director of Airport Operations and pilot trained aviation techno-crat was appointed on July 19, 2019, having succeeded Engr. Saleh Dunoma who al-so made his mark in the aviation industry in Nigeria and West Africa in particular.
Overtime, stakeholders in the aviation industry have always clamoured that headship of a sensitive place like FAAN should be given to a technocrat like Yadudu.
The appointment of the FAAN boss therefore, means that the clarion call by stakeholders of appointing technocrat within the system may have received the attention of the federal government.
Expectedly, his resumption as the FAAN’s chief executive officer has attracted a dynamic re-positioning of the agency for continuous safety noticeable in the sector. It is no longer news that since the Associated Aviation Flight 361 accident took place many years ago, the Nigerian airspace has remained very safe which has been sustained over-time.
Many factors, according to industry experts have contributed to this, not excluding the state of the airports both at the airside and landside. The federal government is not ig-norant of this and to keep the tempo, the helms of affairs at the FAAN has remained a critical position to drive the process and also to maintain a high standard of safety in flight operations.
With the appointment of Capt Yadudu, few months ago, a rebirth FAAN regained itself, paving way for a better buy-ins from both the workers, airlines, passengers and other stakeholders.
In his inaugural speech shortly after his appointment, Yadudu gave a very firm promise that would take the industry to the next level.
According to him, all airports in the country, will from henceforth offer improved service delivery at the nation’s airports. “Now that we have this official changing of baton, we have to keep on building because if we stop, we will be retrogressing as the industry is constantly moving. We have to keep on improving on service delivery by improving our procedures and processes.
“We will concentrate on improving our services in the next few years but we must start with self-discipline, improve ourselves and improve respect to ourselves in the conduct of official duties. I am guaranteeing you that I am very transparent and I will keep to the standard. I will also show the way by being one of the most disciplined and respectful as I do my job. We have to continue building because the industry is always moving and changing”.
“We have to keep improving our services, especially with respect to personnel. We must sustain a high level of discipline. I am a very transparent person and I’ll show the way by being the most disciplined staff as much as possible,’’ Yadudu said.
Meanwhile, in less than 100 days, Yadudu had commissioned several projects. Under his watch, all the country’s international airports have Emergency Operation Centres as part of the criteria to deal with crisis situations when they arise.
For instance, he personally inaugurated the EOC at the Kaduna International Airport few months ago.
While the Kaduna Airport was also added, industry sources have revealed that, it is Yadudu’s desire for all airports in the country to have an EOC that could be activated in times of emergencies.
Apart from holding several meetings with key stakeholders in the industry, the young and vibrant MD has continued to consult widely without leaving any group out, a move most people have applauded and described as a way forward.
At various times, Capt. Yadudu had met with various stakeholders, airport communities in particular across the country. In the South East for example, the MDs’ meeting with Enugu State Governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwanyi fast tracked the re-location of a market near Akanu Ibiam International Airport. Before then, it had been reported, that the market attracted birds that posed danger to safety as some airlines already in the past lost aircraft engine due to bird strike.
Also the audience granted to him by the Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, where he called for collaboration with the state, interestingly fired the zeal of everyone who are also prepared to support FAAN all the way on its drive to enthroning better air-port environment for quality service delivery.
The proposed closure of the Akanu International Airport runway for reconstruction has been described as the right step in the right direction for the growth and safety of the industry. Stakeholders have expressed the hope to that the airport will come back bet-ter.
Commenting on the 100 days of her boss, the authority’s spokesperson Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu who described the short period as eventful, stated that the authority under cap-tain Yadudu will continue to wax stronger given the dynamism that characterised the aviation industry.
The General Manager Public Affairs further stated that under the new dispensation, concerted efforts are being made at providing world acclaim standard services since aviation according to her does not have local content.
To ensure that security of lives and properties are given adequate attention, the FAAN Managing Director had also called for support amongst various security agencies op-erating at the airports nationwide.
It would be recalled that President Muhammad Buhari had in May, 2019 approved Yadudu’s appointment as the new managing director of the agency. An ICAO/ACI ac-credited international airport professional, Yadudu was until his new appointment, the director of airport operations at FAAN.
The 100 days in the office many have said is a tip of the ice-berg compare to the achievements the authority is set out to record in the years ahead, under Capt. Yadu-du.
The FAAN Boss holds professional certifications in Avionics, Airport Safety Manage-ment Systems, Airport Security Management, Air Transport Systems Management, amongst other professional certificates.