Tinubu sacks CEOs of Aviation agencies, appoints replacements

PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has approved the sacking and replacement of chief executive officers (CEOs) of agencies under the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Wednesday, December 13, the sack is consistent with the President’s resolve to establish international standards for consumer protection and the advancement of the welfare of Nigerian travellers and other industry players in Nigerian civil aviation.

According to Ngelale, the managing director (MD) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Kabir Yusuf Mohammed, has been removed from office and replaced with Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku.

Also, the director-general of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Akinola Olateru, has been replaced with Alex Badeh Jr.

Tinubu appointed Umar Ahmed Farouk as the acting managing director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), succeeding Tayib Adetunji Odunowo, who was fired.

The sack also affects Mansur Bako Matazu, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) director-general, whom Charles Anosike has replaced as the substantive director-general.

Similarly, the rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Alkali Mahmud Modibbo, was removed and replaced by Joseph Shaka Imalighwe as the acting rector until a substantive rector is appointed.



    Meanwhile, the director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, was suspended from office to enable the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an unfettered investigation into his activities and other senior officials of the agency.

    Chris Najomo will assume office as the acting director-general of the NCAA immediately, according to the President.

    Besides, Tinubu authorised the minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development to begin a thorough recruitment process for a substantive vice-chancellor and other key officials of the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU).

    The statement said the President expected the newly-appointed leaders to prioritise the well-being, security and convenience of Nigerians in line with his administration’s agenda.



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