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Buhari Announces Fresh Appointments In NIMET, NCAT

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The agencies under the Ministry of Aviation have been reorganised by President Muhammadu Buhari. The reorganisation took effect on Monday, March 15.

President Buhari announced the appointment of Professor Bako Mansur Matazu as new the Director-General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

Buhari also approved the appointment of Captain Modibbo Alkali Mahmud as the new rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria.

The president also approved the reappointment of Engr. Akin Olateru as the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB).

A statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, said that the appointments were in line with the administration’s commitment to the implementation of the aviation development roadmap.

On NIMET boss and his qualification, Odaudu stated Matazu holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Applied Meteorology), with membership of the Nigerian Environmental Society, African Forestry Forum, Nigerian Meteorological Society, the Climate Change Network, Nigeria and the renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Nigeria (REEN).

According to him, Matazu was, until his appointment, the general manager, Meteorological Research in the Agency. He said: “The new rector holds the Airline Transport Pilot Licenses of the Federal Aviation Administration, USA, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Embraer, Citation and other international professional certifications.

“Captain Modibbo had served in various capacities, including Pilot in Training, Fleet Captain at Dornier Aviation Nigeria, Max Air and other organisations and has clocked about 6000 hours of flying career.”

He said the new chief executive officer of AIB is an Aircraft maintenance engineer with Nigerian, UK and USA licenses, adding that he began his career in engineering maintenance with Pan African Airlines and the Nigerian Police Air Wing after which he left Nigeria for further studies abroad.

Odaudu noted: “He has also worked with multiple airlines in Europe including KLM, Martin Air in Holland, British Aerospace Engineering and British Midland Airways. “He attended City University, London and graduated with an M.Sc. in Air Transport Management with specializations in research and simulations into accident investigations.”

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