Tinubu Dismissed FAAN, NAMA, NSIB, NIMET DGs

Several Director Generals (DGs) of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development were dismissed by President Bola Tinubu yesterday, December 13, 2023.

The President also stated their replacements.

Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, revealed the information in a statement yesterday, December 13, 2023, in Abuja.

According to the statement, the action was in keeping with President Tinubu’s resolve to elevate Nigerian civil aviation to international standards in terms of consumer protection and the advancement of the welfare of Nigerian travellers and other sector players.

The statement reads: “Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Kabir Mohammed, has been removed from office and replaced with Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku as the substantive Managing Director of the FAAN.”

“Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA), Mr. Tayib Odunowo, has been removed from office and replaced with Engr. Umar Farouk as the substantive Managing Director of NAMA.”

“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 NSIB.”

“Director-General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Prof. Mansur Matazu, has been removed from office and replaced with Prof. Charles Anosike as the substantive Director-General of NIMET.”

“Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Capt. Alkali Modibbo, has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Joseph Imalighwe as the acting Rector of NCAT, pending the appointment of a substantive Rector, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, 2022.”

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“Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa 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 NCAA. Capt. Chris Najomo assumes office as the Acting Director-General of NCAA immediately.”

In addition, President Tinubu gave his approval for the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development to start a thorough hiring process for a substantive Vice-Chancellor and other African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU) main executives.

The President expects the new leadership in this crucial area to treat the security, comfort, and convenience of the Nigerian people as paramount and inviolable in all of their administrative actions.

He also wants the rapid construction of world-class policy design, execution, and regulatory frameworks to reposition the industry in line with his renewed hope agenda due to the significant cost of underperformance in the sector.

The President’s orders listed above are all effective right now.

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