Four aviation agencies Chief Executive Officers have been sacked by the federal government.
The CEOs affected include, the DG/CEO, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) – Dr. Anthony Anuforom; The Rector/CEO, the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, Capt. Samuel Caulcrick; the Commissioner/CEO, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Felix Abali and the Ag. MD/CEO, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Emmanuel Anasi.
DG NiMet has eight months to leave office as his second tenure expires August 2017; Acting MD NAMA is also retiring as a civil servant so if removed, he will go back as a Director NAMA before retirement; while the Rector NCAT and Commissioner of AIB have both served 2 years and 10 months into their first tenure.
The two CEOs that may have been spared in the mass sack are the MD/CEO, Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) Engr. Salleh Dunoma and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Shaibu Usman.
A statement by Alh. Sabiu Zakari, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation on behalf of the Minister of State (Aviation) Sen. Hadi Sirika has also announced new appointees.
Capt. Fola C. Akinkuotu, is the new Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Captain Akinkuotu is a transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer, airline chief executive and a trained aviation industry regulator.
The statement also named Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, as the new Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT). He is a Professor of geography with specialty in environmental application of remote sensing, Professor Mashi is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja
Capt. Abdulsalam Mohammed is the now the Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria. An alumnus of the College, Capt. Mohammed is a renowned Civil Aviation Trainer and Examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Adminisrtation and; Engr. Akinola Olateru is the new Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). He is an engineer of international repute, Olateru is a trained Air accident manager and certified safety officer with aircraft maintenance engineering licenses in Nigeria, USA and the United Kingdom.
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