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The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu has granted approval yesterday for the suspension and removal of some Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) overseeing agencies within the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

This confirmation comes from a statement released by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Ngelale conveyed that President Tinubu’s decision aligns with his commitment to instill global standards in Nigeria’s civil aviation, emphasizing consumer protection and the enhancement of the well-being of Nigerian passengers and other stakeholders within the sector.

All Nigeria Latest News reports that the affected chief executives, according to the statement are: “Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed, who has been removed and replaced with Mrs. Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku as the substantive managing director.

“Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Tayib Adetunji Odunowo has been removed from office and replaced with Umar Ahmed Farouk as the substantive Managing Director of the agency.

“Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Akinola Olateru has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Alex Badeh Jr. as the substantive director-general of the Bureau.

“Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu has been removed from office and replaced with Prof. Charles Anosike as the substantive of the agency.

“Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Capt. Alkali Mahmud Modibbo has been removed from office and replaced with Mr. Joseph Shaka Imalighwe as the Acting Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), pending the appointment of a substantive Rector, in accordance with Section 13(2) of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act, 2022.

“Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Shuaibu Nuhu has been suspended from office to enable the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an unfettered investigation into the activities of the suspended Director-General and other senior officials in the NCAA. Capt. Chris Najomo assumes office as the Acting Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority immediately.”

The President on Wednesday, 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 said.

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