A major shake-up has occurred in the aviation industry as President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the heads of four parastatals, leaving only the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Sabiu Zakari, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Capt. Fola C. Akinkuotu was named the Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to replace Mr. Emmanuel Anasi who is retiring soon. Akinkuotu is a seasoned transport pilot, flight and aircraft maintenance engineer, airline chief executive and aviation regulator.
In the same vein, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi was appointed the new Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet). A professor of Geography with the specialty in environmental application of remote sensing, Mashi is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja.
Also appointed was Capt. Abdulsalam Mohammed, as the Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria. Kaduna State. An alumnus of the college, Mohammed is a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration.
Engr. Akinola Olateru is now the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). 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.
The appointments did not come without reactions as industry watchers described the move as a “tsunami§” meant to reposition the sector for greater achievements.