...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized a series of appointments, redeployments, and reorganizations of personnel within agencies under the Ministry of Aviation.
These changes, which occur just six days before Buhari’s tenure ends on May 29, aim to reposition the agencies and enable them to carry out their mandated responsibilities as defined by the respective Acts governing them.
Appointment of New Managing Directors and CEOs
In a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the President’s approval of the appointment of Kabir Yusuf Mohammed as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Prior to this appointment, Mohammed served as the Regional General Manager of Central Region Airports within FAAN and also chaired the Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee.
Furthermore, Engr Tayib Odunowo has been appointed as the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
He will assume the role previously held by Mr. Matthew Lawrence Pwajok, who will revert to his original position as the Director of Operations of the Agency.
Tenure Extension and Continuation
The Directors-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akin Olateru, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Matazu, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, will continue serving for the remaining duration of their tenures in accordance with the Acts governing their respective agencies.
Similarly, Captain Alkali Modibbo, the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, has been granted a one-year extension in alignment with the Act establishing the College.
Appointment of New Directors
The statement also confirmed the appointment of several new directors, as required by the Acts governing the agencies and to address Federal character requirements.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN):
– Managing Director: Mr Kabir Yusuf Mohammed
– Human Resources and Admin: Shehu D. Mohammed
– Commercial and Business Management: Olumuyiwa Femi-Pearse
– Corporate Services: Barr. Azubuike Okorie
– General Manager (Statistics): Kingsley Uchechukwu Okunji
– General Manager (Special Duties): Jemilu Abdulrahman
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA):
– Director General/CEO: Capt Musa S. Nuhu
– Director, Airworthiness Standards: Engr Gbolahan Abatan
– Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standards: Engr. Godwin Balang
– Director, Operations: Capt. Ibrahim Danbazau
– Director, Air Transport Regulations: Mr Olaniyi Saraku
– Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection: Capt. Chris Najomo
– Director, Aviation Security: Air Cdr Hambali Tukur
– Director, Corporate Services: R. M. Daku (Mrs)
– Company Secretary/Legal Adviser: Mrs Mary Tufano
– General Manager (Audit): Mrs Dawa Gyaks
– General Manager (Accounts): Mr Aminu Tasi’u
Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB):
– Director General/CEO: Engr Akin Olateru
– Director, Finance and Accounts: Mr. Ori Bassey
– Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection: Dr. James A. Odaudu
– Director, Corporate Services: Oliobi Godfrey Ikemefuna
– Transport Investigation: Capt Tosin Odulaja
– Company Secretary/Legal Adviser: Barr. Illitrus Ahmadu
igerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet):
– Director General/CEO: Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu
– Human Resources and Admin: Saleh Tukur Yusuf
– Director, Weather Forecasting Services: Daniel Okafor Chibueze
– Public Affairs and Consumer Protection: Ahmed A. Sanusi
– Director, Research and Training: Prof. Effiong Essien Oku
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA):
– Director General/CEO: Engr. A. Tayib Odunowo
– Director, Operations: Matthew Lawrence Pwajok
– Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection: Khalid Emele
– Corporate Services: Mr Uchendu Chibuzo Oji
– General Manager, Public Affairs: Amaka Ude Walker (Mrs)
Immediate Effect of Appointments
The minister has stated that the appointments take immediate effect.
Reorganization and Creation of Directorates
In addition to the appointments of managing directors and directors, a reorganization plan has been implemented, including the establishment of new directorates within some of the agencies.
Prominent directorates include Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Corporate Services, and Aviation Security.
The creation of the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection Directorate aims to ensure that agencies proactively address stakeholder complaints and oversee departments such as Public Affairs/Protocol, Consumer Protection, SERVICOM, and Anti-Corruption.
The Aviation Security Directorate within the NCAA will regulate the activities of AVSEC personnel, especially in light of their recent arms-bearing status.
The Corporate Services Directorates will be responsible for overseeing the Procurement and Planning, Research, and other relevant departments within the agencies.