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President Goodluck Jonathan Sacks Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority DG Harold Demuren



President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the sack of the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren. This takes effect from today 12th March 2013.

Details of his removal from office was contained in a statement issued on Monday night by the Special Assistant to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Media), Sam Nwaobasi. According to the Statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, the decision was approved by President Jonathan after “a careful consideration of Demuren’s unsatisfactory response to the numerous concerns of stakeholders in the aviation sector”. It added that President Jonathan wished him well in his future endeavours.

Here is the statement entitled ‘Removal of Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren from office as Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

“His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved the removal of Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren from office as the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with effect from March 12, 2013.

“This is consequent upon a careful consideration of Dr. Demuren’s unsatisfactory response to the numerous concerns of stakeholders in the aviation sector. Mr. President wishes him well in his future endeavours.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives had in January resolved that Demuren be sacked amid uproar over the crash of a Dana Air plane that claimed 163 lives in June last year. The House of Representatives had blamed the crash on negligence by the regulatory authorities and recommended the dismissal and prosecution of Demuren.

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  1. Monk

    March 12, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Lol Banky and wiz kid and oh eme won’t be flexing on free airplanes anymore in their videos

    • Joan

      March 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Someone just had to go there smh.

  2. Terungwa

    March 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

    It would make sense – only and only if his successor makes meaningful changes. Otherwise, a waste of time!

  3. colourfulbutterfly

    March 12, 2013 at 7:02 am


  4. emma

    March 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I pray he gets a beta job

  5. I laugh

    March 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

    mschewwww…… ince when was this due?

  6. moi

    March 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Long over due!

  7. Again

    March 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    How is it the man’s fault? The system sucks and we keep finding scape goats to fire and pacify people. Same useless strategy all these presidents use. An improperly checked airplane is not the fault of the DG. Is the fault of a system that doesn’t make pple truly acoountable. Or have we heard that dana has paid the so called millions it was supposed to pay victims of that crash?

  8. Michel

    March 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Í have occassionally met Mr. de Muren in his capacity as DG for many years when attending various international safety conferences. I have always found him to be a sincere professional with a true passion for safety. I’m sad to see him go and I hope not only that mr. DeMuren will find a new position in aviation safety, but also that someone of similar skill and attitude will be found to replce him.

  9. dayo

    March 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    What a big mistake the president and his advises had just made. Abacha did this too, what happen to AV system? it went to the drain. Dr Demuren has built this place up and the goverment paid him by sacking him. what a shame to Nigeria.

  10. Grace

    March 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    The problem with this country is politics is played in a lot of things…..Politics always involved.

  11. Shade.

    June 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Someone help, is this man that held the biggest Nigerian wedding in Dubai for his daughter recently? Where the finished money? Where money cried?

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