Gale of appointments, redeployment in aviation as Akinkuotu bows out

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A gale of deployments appointments has swept through all the aviation agencies. While some directors were reappointed, some were eased out of the system while others got redeployed to other departments.
Also affected are aides to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

In a related development, the Federal Government has replaced the Managing Director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu with a former Director of Operations in the agency, Lawrence Pwajok.

Akinkuotu’s five-year tenure ended on Sunday, January 9, 2022.


Pwajok, who retired from service in December 2021 is to oversee the office of the Managing Director.

Pwajok who retired from service in December was directed by a letter emanating from the Ministry of Aviation, Human Resource Management FMA/ PS/ APPT/ CEO/014/1/23 and obtained by Aviation Metric addressed to the managing director/ CEO of the agency.

The letter titled: Appointment of Director to Oversee the Office of the Managing Director/ CEO and signed by A.D Muhammad for the Honourable Minister read:

” I am directed to inform you that the Honourable Minister has approved that Mr. Pwajok, Mathew Lawrence, Director of Operations oversee the Office of the Managing Director/ CEO pending the appointment of a substantive MD/CEO”

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Addressing the immediate past managing director the letter continued,” You are to kindly Accord the director all the necessary support and cooperation he needs while overseeing the office. While thanking you for your usual cooperation, please accept the esteem regards of the Honourable Minister.” It concluded.

In a letter signed by the Director, Human Resources Management, S.D. Muhammed dated January 12, 2022, with reference number FM/PS/APPT/CEO/014/1/12 addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu and obtained by Aviation Metric stated, ‘I am directed to inform that the Minister of Aviation has approved the re-appointment and redeployment of Directors and Special Assistants in the office of the Minister and the agencies as indicated in the attached list”.

“Officers deployed to the Minister’s Office are to continue to draw salaries and other entitlements from the agencies of deployment. I am also requesting that all handing and taking over exercise where applicable be completed before the close of work on January 21, 2022”.

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In the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Adamu Wakili has been appointed Director, Human Resources, Capt Chris Najomo, Director Air Transport Regulation whose appointments took effect from January 7, 2022.

Bahagio Agio who was first appointed as an Operations, Licensing & Training Standards on September 2, 2017, retained his position; Odunowo Tayib who was first appointed as Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards in 2017 retained his position.

The same goes for Sani Bilikisu and Ajiboye Isiaka who bother retained their position as Director of Finance & Accounts and Director, Airworthiness Standards respectively.

Musa Mai Sallau who was first appointed as a Director in May 1990 got reappointed as Director, Human Resources in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)

Alhaji Umar Farouk Ahmed retained his position as Director, Engineering and Electronics, NAMA while Pwajok Lawrence Mathew who retired after 35 years of service was re-appointed as a Director and has been asked to oversee NAMA days after Capt. Akinkuotu’s first tenure of five years ended this week.

Hauwa Usman Usara was posted to head the Legal wing of the airspace agency.

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In FAAN, Anozie Hanarius was reappointed director, Human Resources, Aboderin Adenike retained her position as Director, Finance, and Administration.


Farouk Umar Ahmed

Abdulkadir Rafindadi, Capt Yusuf Muye take Commercial and Business Development and Operations respectively while Alli Maina has been appointed Director, Engineering Gold Bridget Iwinose heads the Legal Unit.

At the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Capt Dayyabu Danraka who was first appointed as Director of Operations got his appointment confirmed and retained his position.

Mohammed Wali is Director, Engineering, Salisu Auwal is now Director, Human Resources and Kakangi Aliyu is Legal Adviser.

At the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), retained his position as Director, Human Resources, Charles Anosike was appointed as Director AMS, Abdul Ahmed, Director, Legal; Saad Bashie, director, Director, Engineering and Technical Services; Abba Mailabi Yusuf is Director, Weather Forecasting Services,  Effiom Essien Oku appointed Director, Research and Training and Hamza Sani Hamza as Director, Finance and Accounts.

Wole Shadare