The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Bernard Olumuyiwa Aliu has stated he stopped over at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Aviation House, Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, to acquaint himself with the new changes in the headship of aviation agencies in Nigeria.
Recalled that the Federal Government recently dropped some agencies chiefs and replace them with another new heads such as the Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Capt. Folayele Akinkuotu, Capt. Rector, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Abdulsalam Muhammed, Director General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Professor Sani Abdullahi Mashi and Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Engr. Akinola Olateru while Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman and Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma were not affected .
The ongoing restructuring of the sector, the Federal Government had stated was to achieve optimum performance.
According to the General Manager of Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye, Aliu visited Nigeria and held high level talks with all aviation agency Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Adurogboye did not however state if the ICAO and aviation number 1 man was comfortable with the incessant change of aviation chiefs during the closed door meeting.
He explained that at the meeting, each of the CEOs gave a brief of the various activities in their respective agencies as regards progress made and also challenges faced.
He listed other issues discussed at the August meeting to include the conclusion of the certification of Murtala International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, at the end of September, 2017, Search and Rescue Summit coming up in Togo, Cyber Security, Manpower, Upgrade of Equipment, Succession Plan among others.
Adurogboye stated that ICAO President congratulated the new CEOs on their appointments and also promised to provide necessary assistance where possible.
The NCAA image maker informed that Aliu arrived Lagos on Thursday night, in company of the Director General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman from Accra, Ghana, where he had earlier attended a Safety conference en route United Arab Emirates.
Adurogboye stated that ICAO through its numerous interventions was already assisting Nigeria in several areas including the ongoing certification of MMIA), Lagos and NAIA, Abuja.
Apart from the Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, other Chief Executive Officers in attendance were Capt. Folayele Akinkuotu, Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Engr. Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Others are Capt. Abdulsalam Muhammed, Rector, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Professor Sani Abdullahi Mashi, Director General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Engr. Akinola Olateru, Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).
On Dr. Aliu’s entourage was Nigeria’s Representative on the ICAO Council, Capt. Nuhu Musa.
Aliu is scheduled to leave Nigeria for Dubai this weekend.