Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the sacking and replacement of heads of aviation agencies in the industry.
The changes according to a press release by the Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity to the President, Chief Ajuri Ngelale are in line with the president’s determination to bring world class standards to Nigeria’s Civil Aviation, in consumer protection and the promotion of the wellbeing of Nigerian passengers and other sectoral stakeholders.
According to him, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed has been removed from office and replaced with Mrs. Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku as the substantive Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
Also, Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Tayib Adetunji Odunowo has been removed from office and replaced with Engr. Umar Ahmed Farouk as the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
Furthermore, the Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akinola Olateru has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Alex Badeh Jr. as the substantive Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau.
He said the Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu has also been removed from office and replaced with Prof. Charles Anosike as the substantive Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
Ajuri said: ‘The Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Capt. Alkali Mahmud Modibbo has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Joseph Shaka Imalighwe as the Acting Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), pending the appointment of a substantive Rector, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, 2022.
‘Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Shuaibu Nuhu has been suspended from office to enable the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an unfettered investigation into the activities of the suspended Director-General and other senior officials in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. Capt. Chris Najomo assumes office as the Acting Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority immediately.
‘Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu approves the commencement of a diligent process to be conducted by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development to recruit a substantive Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers of the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU).
‘The President anticipates that the new leadership across this critical sector will uphold the safety, convenience, and comfort of the Nigerian people as primary and sacrosanct in all of their administrative activities. Due to the high cost of underperformance in the sector, the President demands the immediate establishment of world-class policy design, implementation, and regulatory frameworks to reposition the sector in alignment with his Renewed Hope Agenda.
‘All of the above-mentioned directives of the President take immediate effect.’
In a related development, all directors of aviation agencies, including the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET), Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and Nigeria Safety and Investigation Bureau (NSIB), have been relieved of their appointments.
This was announced recently by Odutayo Oluseyi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development.
The affected Directors are instructed to promptly hand over their responsibilities to the most senior officers in their respective directorates, with strict compliance mandated.
This move, as outlined in the statement, aims to reposition the Aviation industry and enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel for Nigerians, aligning with the Renewed Hope agenda of the President.
Those who escaped the sledge hammer of this dismissal are the agencies’ Board Secretaries and Legal Advisers.