New CEOs replace sacked heads of Nigerian aviation agencies

New CEOs replace sacked heads of Nigerian aviation agencies

Jan 11, 2017: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed four new heads for aviation agencies and parastatals under the ministry of aviation.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sabiu Zakari named the new CEOs. Capt. Fola Akinkuotu will now take charge of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi will take over from Anthony Anuforom as Director General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).Abdulsalam Mohammed will move to the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria and Akinola Olateru will be the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

According to the statement, Akinkuotu is a seasoned Transport Pilot, Flight and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Airline Chief Executive and a trained Aviation industry regulator.

Mashi, the statement added is a Prof. of Geography with specialty in Environmental Application of Remote Sensing. He is currently a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Abuja, while Capt. Mohammed is a renowned Civil Aviation Trainer and Examiner with accreditation by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration.

Olateru is reputed as an engineer, a trained Air Accident Manager and Certified Safety Officer with Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licenses in Nigeria, USA and the United Kingdom.

However, the churn in the group did not affect the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma, as all his colleagues in the four agencies were sacked.

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