BREAKING: Buhari sacks heads of Aviation parastatals, appoints new ones

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Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika

By Abdulaziz Mohammed, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked four heads of parastatals under ministry of Aviation and appointed their replacement on Monday.

Those relieved of their appointments are Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET); Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria and; Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

Those appointed are Captain Fola C. Akinkuotu as Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA ); Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi as Director-General of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET); Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed as Rector of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria and; Engr. Akinola Olateru as Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

A statement from the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Sabiu Zakari, said the appointment of the new heads takes effect.

However, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Dunoma and the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Usman Mukhar have been left untouched.

The statement described the incoming NAMA boss, Captain Akinkuotu as a seasoned Transport Pilot, Flight and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Airline Chief Executive and a trained Aviation Industry Regulator. He was also a former Director General of the NCAA.

It said Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi – Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), a Professor of Geography with specialty in Environmental Application of Remote Sensing is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja

Capt. Mohammed, an alumnus of the NCAT, according to the statement is a renowned Civil Aviation Trainer and Examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration(FCAA).

The statement added that Mr. Olateru, an engineer of international repute and 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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