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President Buhari Shakes up Aviation Ministry; Four Heads of Agencies Sacked



President Muhammadu Buhari

Four heads of parastatal agencies and college in the nation’s aviation industry have been sacked, according to a government statement.

Those relieved of their jobs are the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Emma Anasi, and the Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Dr. Anthony Anuforom.

Others are; Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Samuel Caulcrick, and Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau, Dr. Felix Abali.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari said on Monday in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack and the appointments of new chief executive officers to run the agencies.

Fola Akinkuotu has been named the new Managing Director of NAMA. Akinkuotu is a seasoned Transport Pilot, Flight and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Airline Chief Executive Officer as well as a trained Aviation Industry Regulator.

Also, Prof. Sani Mashi, a professor of Geography with speciality in Environmental Application of Remote Sensing will hold sway in NiMet as Director-General.

According to the statement, Mashi is currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Abuja.

Capt. Abdulsalam Mohammed, a renowned civil aviation trainer and examiner with accreditation by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Civil Aviation Administration, is the new Rector of NCAT, Zaria.

Similarly, Akinola Olateru, an engineer of international repute, will take over as the head of the Accident Investigation Bureau.

Olateru is a trained Air Accident Manager and Certified Safety Officer with Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licenses in Nigeria, U.S. and the United Kingdom.


  1. BizKalifa

    January 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Yimu ???

  2. Authentic Sunshine

    January 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Now, this is the type of news that should hit 50 comments and counting. My people let’s join hands and be interested in matters that affect our growth & development. The aviation industry needed a shake up, this might only be a nudge but it is something.
    Again, in comparison to other candidates, I stand with Buhari. Don’t get me wrong, other critical aspects of the economy needs addressing but let’s not forget that Nigeria as an economy and a nation is overwhelming. Questions is, how do we put our suggestions forward? It’s obvious his heart is in the right place. I mean look at the recent sack plus the suspended policy. Oya ohh haters come and menstruate…..

    • nene

      January 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      i agree

    • ogeAdiro

      January 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Why should this hit 50 comments? Buhari fired people we don’t know and replaced them we other people that we don’t know. What problem is he trying to solve by sacking the old people and what makes these new ones better? I looked up the sacked people and they seem to be well educated. This post is public announcement and not news.

  3. Abdullahi

    January 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    An excellent president.

  4. Confuzzled

    January 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    When will Arik’s license be suspended?

    • BB

      January 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      SOON I HOPE….

  5. Nv

    January 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Hope this will make steps for a kind of…i dont know, sanction for Arik Air

  6. tunmi

    January 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Well then, adjusts glasses, tissue should be an interesting year.

    • tunmi

      January 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Tissue.. This should

  7. Bruno fierce two

    January 11, 2017 at 2:49 am

    The same Fola Akinkuotu that was DG of NCAA and involved in Stella Oduahs bullet proof car scandal?same old stuff just a brand new day,smh cabbot wait for Buharis tenure to be OVER!!!!

  8. A.M

    January 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Mr Saleh of FAAN nko? Lol, it’s all good.

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