Gale of dismissal, redeployment, appointment in aviation, new directorates created

A gale of sacks swept through the aviation agencies leaving some Managing Directors losing their positions while many others were either elevated to the position of directors or general managers.

A statement announcing the shake-up by Head, Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace, Odatayo Oluseyi brings to a close few days of speculations and unconfirmed re-organisation in the various aviation agencies such as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (NCAA), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

President Muhammadu Buhari and Aviation Minister,   Hadi Sirika

Oluseyi stated that the new appointments were to help reposition the agencies to perform their statutory duties as enshrined in the Acts and help to address appropriate placements, Federal character requirements.

The statement highlighted some of the modifications as: “The creation of new Directorates in some of the agencies prominent amongst which are the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Corporate Services and Aviation Security Directorates.

“The creation of the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection Directorate is to put the Agencies on their toes in terms of adequately addressing complaints by their respective stakeholders and oversee the Public Affairs / Protocol, Consumer Protection, SERVICOM, and Anti-Corruption Departments while the Aviation Security Directorate in the NCAA will regulate the activities of the AVSEC personnel, especially with their recent arms-bearing status. The Corporate Services Directorates are to oversee the Procurement and Planning, Research, and Departments.”

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The reorganization, however, necessitated the appointment of Kabir Yusuf Mohammed as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

Similarly, Engr Tayib Odunowo has been appointed the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to take over from Mr Matthew Lawrence Pwajok who reverts to his substantive position as Director of Operations of the agency.

The Directors-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr Akin Olateru; the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Matazu and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu are to run the remaining course of their tenures in line with the Acts setting up their respective Agencies.

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Also, the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Captain Bako Mansur Modibo has been granted a one-year extension, also in line with the Act setting up the College.

Other appointments are:

FAAN:

FAAN: Managing Director – Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed; Human Resources and Admin. – Shehu D. Mohammed; Commercial and Business Management – Olumuyiwa Femi-Pearse; Corporate Services – Barr. Azubuike Okorie; General Manager (Statistics); Kingsley Uchechukwu Okunji; General Manager (Special Duties) – Jemilu Abdulrahman.

NCAA:

Director General/CEO, Capt Musa S. Nuhu, Director, Airworthiness Standards, Engr Gbolahan Abatan; Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards, Engr. Godwin Balang; Director, Operations – Capt. Ibrahim Danbazau; Director, Air Transport Regulations, Mr Olaniyi Saraku; Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Capt. Chris Najomo; Director, Aviation Security, Air Cdr Hambali Tukur; Director, Corporate Services – R. M. Daku (Mrs); Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mrs. Mary Tufano; General Manager (Audit), Mrs. Dawa Gyaks; General Manager (Accounts), Mr. Aminu Tasi’u.

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NSIB:

Director General/CEO, Engr Akin Olateru; Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Ori Bassey; Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Dr. James A. Odaudu; Director, Corporate Services, Oliobi Godfrey Ikemefuna; Transport Investigation, Capt Tosin Odulaja; Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Barr. Illitrus Ahmadu.

NIMET:

Director General/CEO, Prof Mansur Bako Matazu; Human Resources and Admin, Saleh Tukur Yusuf; Director, Weather Forecasting Services, Daniel Okafor Chibueze; Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Ahmed A. Sanusi; Director, Research and Training, Prof Effiong Essien Oku.

Sirika

NAMA:

Director General/CEO, Engr A. Tayib Odunowo; Director, Operations, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok; Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Khalid Emele; Corporate Services, Mr. Uchendu Chibuzo Oji; General Manager, Public Affairs, Amaka Ude Walker.

Wole Shadare