Presidency Sacks and Replaces Heads of Aviation Agencies


Four heads of aviation agencies have been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday and replaced with immediate effect.

The affected aviation agencies are; Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

President Buhari approved the appointment of  Capt. Fola Akinkuotu as the Managing Director of NAMA,  Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi as the Director-General of NIMET, Capt. Abdulsalam Mohammed as the Rector of the NCAT, Zaria, and Mr. Akinola Olateru, to serve as the Commissioner of the AIB.

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The announcement was made in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Sabiu Zakari, on behalf of the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

Senator Hadi Sirika

The statement described Capt. Akinkuotu of NAMA, as a seasoned transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer, airline chief executive and a trained aviation industry regulator.

Until his appointment, Akinkuotu was the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s oldest and second-largest commercial carrier. He also previously served as the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi of NIMET is a professor of Geography with specialty in environmental application of remote sensing, he is currently a deputy vice chancellor at the University of Abuja. Based on the latest appointment, Mashi replaces Dr. Anthony Anuforum.

Capt. Abdulsalam Mohammed of NCAT, Zaria, is an alumnus of the college and a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration.

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Mr. Akinola Olateru, of AIB was described by the ministry as an engineer of international repute, a trained air accident manager and certified safety officer with aircraft maintenance engineering licenses in Nigeria, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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