Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Aviation sector speaks on dismissals

05 March 2014, 08:01

Abuja - Stakeholders in the local aviation sector have largely welcomed the sacking of all Heads of Aviation Agencies by President Goodluck Jonathan.

It was announced on Tuesday Jonathan had relieved the officials of their duties for undisclosed reasons.

Those affected includes George Uriese of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Fola Akinkuotu of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr Nnamdi Udoh of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, and Chinyere Kalu, Rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).

Those appointed to replace the sacked heads were also announced by the president in a statement signed by Sam Nwaobasi, the special adviser on media to the secretary to the government of the federation.

In his reaction to the sack, Bunmi Oni, convener of Aviation Stakeholders Forum said that the action of the President was long overdue as he alleged most of the sacked heads constituted a major problem to the sector.

Oni said that during the reign of the last sacked Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, most of the aviation heads were working at cross purpose with each other and even contributed to the mistakes of the minister.

“I believe that the president should have sacked these people long before now. If you have been watching developments in the aviation sector, you would have the inefficiency of these heads. Most of them are working at cross purpose against the overall interest of the sector. We need fresh air and fresh experienced people in the sector and I believe that the president is on the right track,” he said.
Also reacting to the sack, Chief Biodun Balogun, an executive member of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) described the action of the President as timely and appropriate.

“Those heads of aviation clearly contributed to the failure of the last minister of aviation. It was obvious from their activities that politics and internal scheming had become their game. I believe that president may have become aware of this hence this action,” he said.

Meanwhile an aviation expert, Tunde Aremu, told our correspondent that the development might not be in the best interests of the sector.

Aremu noted that such action was capable of scaring investors aware since they are now never sure of what the government may do next.

“The aviation sector is a sensitive one. We don't expect such development every now and then. It does not tell well about us and our policies. Today you appoint somebody, tomorrow the person is gone. First it was the minister now it is the heads of agencies. Nobody knows what next the presidency will. I assure that the international community are watching and may take some cautious steps in dealing with us,” he said.

Human rights activist, Debo Adeniran, said it was not enough for the President to announce the sack without telling Nigerians the reasons for his action.

“Without being told, I can guess that this sack is not unconnected with the investigation into the BMW cars allegedly bought at inflated prices. But the question is, is that the end of the matter? We need to know the reasons for these changes, particularly if they have to do with corruption,” Debo said.

Debo nonetheless urged the president to extend the exercise to other agency of government such as the petroleum sector.

– CAJ News

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...