Tinubu Dismisses MDs of FAAN and NAMA, Appoints New leadership

In a significant move aimed at revitalizing the Nigerian aviation industry, President Bola Tinubu has dismissed six top officials across various parastatals within the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development. This sweeping reshuffle, announced Wednesday, marks a bold step towards achieving the “Renewed Hope Agenda” for the sector, emphasizing consumer protection, passenger well-being, and tackling underperformance.

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The axe fell upon:

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN): Kabir Yusuf Mohammed (removed), replaced by Olubunmi Oluwaseun Kuku (appointed).
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA): Tayib Adetunji Odunowo (removed), replaced by Engr. Umar Ahmed Farouk (appointed).
Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB): Engr. Akinola Olateru (removed), replaced by Mr. Alex Badeh Jr. (appointed).
Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET): Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu (removed), replaced by Prof. Charles Anosike (appointed).
Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT): Capt. Alkali Mahmud Modibbo (removed), replaced by Mr. Joseph Shaka Imalighwe (acting).
Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA): Capt. Musa Shuaibu Nuhu (suspended) to facilitate investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), replaced by Capt. Chris Najomo (acting).
Additionally, President Tinubu approved the immediate commencement of a recruitment process for a substantive Vice-Chancellor and other key officials at the African Aviation and Aerospace University.

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This major reshuffle underscores the President’s commitment to improving the aviation sector, which has been plagued by challenges like high costs, safety concerns, and passenger dissatisfaction. By bringing in new leadership, the government hopes to foster a culture of efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

The specific reasons for each dismissal were not explicitly stated, but the overall message is clear: the aviation industry demands a fresh start. The new appointees now face the critical task of implementing the “Renewed Hope Agenda” and restoring trust in the sector, ensuring safe, efficient, and affordable air travel for all Nigerians.

The success of this reshuffle will depend heavily on the competence and dedication of the new leaders. Only time will tell if this shake-up will truly bring about the desired transformation in the Nigerian aviation landscape.

Source: Punch NG

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