The recent shake-up in the aviation sector which saw to the removal of five heads of Aviation Agencies by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday has been described by observers as a good development for the sector.
According to those who spoke to BD Sunday, there are indications that younger blood with fresh experience may be injected into the sector soon.
They said even though many of those that were sacked had years of experience, “the stage should now be set for Jonathan to bring in younger hands who will also be able to see what little achievements have been recorded in the sector and continue from there with a view to aligning it with trends especially as it is ripe for the United States to reassess the nation’s safety status.
“I think it is a new beginning now that all of them have gone with an era, that new beginning must not be soiled with lopsided appointments again. There is need for government to look before leaping this time around and appoint capable hands to lead affairs of the agencies,” a stakeholder was quoted as saying.
Some of them are of the opinion that the pace of work at many of the airports should not disrupted in order to impress the international officials.
The Presidency had on Tuesday, in a major shake-up, removed all the heads of parastatals, except the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET).
The shake-up is coming barely three weeks after Stella Oduah, immediate past aviation minister, under whom all of them came into power, was relived of her appointment.
Gerorge Uriesi, managing director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Nnamdi Udoh, managing director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA); Fola Akinkuotu, director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Murktar Usman, commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB); Chinyere Kalu, rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) were all removed.
The Presidency had since asked Usman (former commissioner at AIB) to replace Akinkuotu at NCAA subject to a confirmation by the Senate while Benedict Adeyileka, a director of airworthiness at NCAA is to act as NCAA DG pending confirmation of Usman.
Also, Felix Abali from AIB replaces Usman at AIB AS commissioner. Saleh Dunouma, former director of projects in FAAN has replaced Uriesi; Ibrahim Abdulsalam, director of procurement in NAMA has been named as new NAMA MD while Akinyele Caulcrick, a pilot and instructor at NCAT has been named as replacement for Kalu.