Jonathan Makes Sweeping Changes in the Aviation Sector, Sack Heads of Agencies
President Goodluck Jonathan today ordered the immediate sack of all the heads of major agencies in the nation’s aviation sector. This is coming barely three weeks after Ms Oduah believed one of the closest women to the president was relieved of her portfolio after getting enmeshed in series of corrupt deals in the sector.
It was gathered that the sack of Oduah’s men in the four out of five major aviation agencies namely: FAAN, NAMA, NCAA and the College of Aviation Technology was to pave the way for a likely investigation of some of the shady deals that had been linked to her. The sudden sack of the Oduah’s men was conveyed in a statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
Part of the statement reads: “His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the following re-organization in the Ministry of Aviation:
(i) Engr. Saleh Dumona (Director Projects, FAAN) to replace Mr. George Uriesi as Managing-Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
(ii) Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam (General Manager, Procurements, NAMA) to replace Engr. Nnamdi Udoh as Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
(iii) Capt. Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick (Government Safety Inspector & ICAO Focal Point for Nigeria on line Aircraft Safety Information Systems, OASIS) to replace Capt. (Mrs.) Chinyere Kalu as Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).
(iv) Capt. Muhktar Usman (Commissioner, Accident Investigation & Prevention Bureau, AIPB) to replace Capt. Fola C. Akinkuotu as Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) subject to confirmation by the Senate. Engr. Benedict Adeyileka is to act as DG, NCAA pending the confirmation by the Senate.
(v) Dr. Engr. Felix A. Abali (Director Licencing, NCAA) to replace Capt. Muhktar Usman as Commissioner, Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB).
(vi) Dr. Tony Anuforo retains his position as Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMMET).”
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