As a follow to the sack of the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the total re-organization in the Ministry of Aviation, naming Engr. Saleh Dumona (Director Projects, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN) to replace Mr. George Uriesi as Managing-Director.
The NCAA had while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation last October had said that the Ministry of Aviation approved the controversial purchase of the N255m bulletproof cars for Oduah.
In a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sam Nwaobasi, said the President also approved Capt. Muhktar Usman (Commissioner, Accident Investigation & Prevention Bureau, AIPB) to replace Capt. Fola C. Akinkuotu as Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) subject to confirmation by the Senate.
He stated that Engr. Benedict Adeyileka is to act as DG, NCAA pending the confirmation by the Senate.
Also affected by the reorganisation is Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam (General Manager, Procurements,Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA) to replace Engr. Nnamdi Udoh as Managing Director.
Capt. Samuel Akinyele Caulcrick (Government Safety Inspector & ICAO Focal Point for Nigeria on line Aircraft Safety Information Systems, OASIS) is to replace Capt. (Mrs.) Chinyere Kalu, (who was Sunday night given a centenary award as the first female pilot in the country), as Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).
Also, Dr. Engr. Felix A. Abali (Director Licencing, NCAA) is to replace Capt. Muhktar Usman as Commissioner, Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau (AIPB).
Dr. Tony Anuforo was the only one who retain his position as Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).