In line with his determination to bring world class standards to Nigerian Civil Aviation in consumer protection and the promotion of the wellbeing of Nigerian passengers and other sectoral stakeholders, President Bola Tinubu has approved the suspension, removal, and replacement of the following Chief Executive Officers under the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development.
Under the latest, 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 authority.
Also affected is the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Tayib Adetunji Odunowo who has been removed from office and replaced with Mr Umar Ahmed Farouk as the substantive Managing Director of the agency.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Mr Akinola Olateru who has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Alex Badeh Jr. as the substantive Director-General of the Bureau.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Professor Mansur Bako Matazu has been removed from office and replaced with Professor Charles Anosike as the substantive Director-General of the Meteorological Agency.
The Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Captain 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.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain 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 NCAA.
Captain Chris Najomo has however assumed office as the Acting Director-General of the NCAA immediately.
Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of a diligent process to be conducted by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo to recruit a substantive Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers for 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 also demanded the immediate establishment of world-class policy design, implementation, and regulatory frameworks to reposition the sector in alignment with his Renewed Hope Agenda.
According to a statement issued by spokesperson to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, all of the above-mentioned directives of the President take immediate effect.