Tinubu Fires Heads of FAAN, NIMET, Others, Announces Replacements
President Bola Tinubu has approved the suspension, removal, and replacement of some Chief Executive Officers under the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development.
This according to the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, is 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.
The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed, has therefore been removed from office and replaced with Mrs. Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku as the substantive Managing Director.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Tayib Adetunji Odunowo, has also been removed from office and replaced with Engr. Umar Ahmed Farouk, as the substantive Managing Director.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akinola Olateru, has also been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Alex Badeh Jr. as the substantive Director-General.
The President also sacked the Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, from office and replaced with Prof. Charles Anosike who takes over as the substantive Director-General.
The Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Capt. Alkali Mahmud Modibbo, was also removed from office and replaced with Mr. Joseph Shaka Imalighwe who will take over as the Acting Rector, pending the appointment of a substantive Rector, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, 2022.
The President however suspended the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, from office and instructed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct “an unfettered investigation into his activities of the suspended Director-General and other senior officials in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.”
The President therefore appointed Chris Najomo as the Acting Director-General of the agency.”
The President also approved the commencement of a diligent process to be conducted by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development to recruit a substantive Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers of 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 demands the immediate establishment of world-class policy design, implementation, and regulatory frameworks to reposition the sector in alignment with his Renewed Hope Agenda.
“All of the above-mentioned directives of the President take immediate effect,” the statement read in part.