Reorganisation: Buhari Approves Appointment of New Heads, Directors in Aviation Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reorganisation and appointment of agency heads and new directors under the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace.

The president said that the appointments is in line with the new Acts of the National Assembly which he assented to, and were gazetted recently.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Head, Press and Public Affairs of the ministry, Odatayo Oluseyi on Tuesday.

“The reorganisation include the creation of new Directorates in some of the Agencies prominent amongst which are the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Corporate Services and Aviation Security Directorates.

“The creation of the Public Affairs and Consumer Protection Directorate is to put the Agencies on their toes in terms of adequately addressing complaints by their respective stakeholders and oversee the Public Affairs / Protocol, Consumer Protection, SERVICOM and Anti-Corruption Departments while the Aviation Security Directorate in the NCAA will regulate the activities of the AVSEC personnel, especially with their recent arms-bearing status.

“The Corporate Services Directorates are to oversee the Procurement and Planning, Research and Departments”, the statement partly read.

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The reshuffling in the last three days has already seen Kabir Yusuf Mohammed appointed as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Similarly, Engr. Tayib Odunowo has been appointed the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), taking over from Matthew Lawrence Pwajok who reverts to his substantive position as Director of Operations of the Agency.

The Directors-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr Akin Olateru the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Matazu and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu are to run the remaining course of their tenures in line with the Acts setting up their respective Agencies,

Also, the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Captain Bako Mansur Modibo has been granted a one-year extension, also in line with the Act setting up the College.

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In the same vein, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Hadi Sirika approved the appointment of some new Directors in order to reposition the Agencies to perform their statutory duties as enshrined in the Acts.

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This he said, is to address the requirements of the Acts for appropriate placements and Federal character requirements.

See full list of appointments below.

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 and General Manager (Special Duties) – Jemilu Abdulrahman.

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 and General Manager (Accounts) – Mr Aminu Tasi’u.

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 and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser – Barr. Illitrus Ahmadu.

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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 and Director, Research and Training, Prof Effiong Essien Oku.

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 and General Manager, Public Affairs – Amaka Ude Walker (Mrs).

The statement added that all the appointments are with immediate effect.

Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email:

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