The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr. Mathew Lawrence Pwajok, a former Director of Operations as the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). This was revealed via a letter from the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

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It would be recalled that the tenure of the former MD, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, expired on January 7, 2021.

Due to his wealth of experience and dedication to work, Pwajok, was directed by the letter from the Human Resource Management of the Ministry with reference number FMA/ PS/ APPT/ CEO/014/1/23, to assume the position.

The letter titled: “Appointment of Director to Oversee the Office of the Managing Director/CEO and signed by A.D Muhammad for the Minister was directed to the immediate past MD.

“I am directed to inform you that the honourable minister has approved that Mr. Pwajok Mathew Lawrence, Director of Operations oversee the Office of the Managing Director/ CEO pending the appointment of a substantive MD/CEO.”

“You are to kindly accord the director all the necessary support and cooperation he needs while overseeing the office. While thanking you for your usual cooperation, please accept the esteem regards of the honourable Minister.”

Daily Trust reports that the Ministry also carried out major shake-up in other Aviation agencies.

For instance in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Minister approved the re-appointment and redeployment of some Directors and Special Assistants.

A letter signed by the Director, Human Resources Management, S.D. Muhammed dated January 12, 2022, with reference number FM/PS/APPT/CEO/014/1/12 addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said, “I am directed to inform that the Minister of Aviation has approved the re-appointment and redeployment of Directors and Special Assistants in the office of the Minister and the agencies as indicated in the attached list.

“Officers deployed to the Minister’s Office are to continue to draw salaries and other entitlements from the agencies of deployment. I am also requesting that all handing and taking over exercise where applicable be completed before the close of work on January 21, 2022”.

Also in FAAN, Anozie Hanarius was reappointed director, Human Resources, Aboderin Adenike retained her position as Director, Finance, and Administration.

Also reappointed were Abdulkadir Rafindadi and Capt Yusuf Muye as Commercial and Business Development and Operations respectively while Alli Maina has been appointed Director, Engineering just as Gold Bridget Iwinose heads the Legal Unit.

In the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Adamu Wakili has been appointed Director, Human Resources, Capt Chris Najomo, Director Air Transport Regulation whose appointments took effect from January 7, 2022.

Bahagio Agio who was first appointed as an Operations, Licensing & Training Standards on September 2, 2017, retained his position; Odunowo Tayib who was first appointed as Director of Aerodrome and Airspace Standards in 2017 retained his position.

Also, Sani Bilikisu and Ajiboye Isiak retained their position as Director of Finance & Accounts and Director, Airworthiness Standards respectively.

Musa Mai Sallau who was first appointed as a Director in May 1990 got reappointed as Director, Human Resources in NAMA. Alhaji Umar Farouk Ahmed retained his position as Director, Engineering and Electronics, NAMA.

At the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Capt Dayyabu Danraka who was first appointed as Director of Operations got his appointment confirmed and retained his position.

Mohammed Wali is Director, Engineering, Salisu Auwal is now Director, Human Resources and Kakangi Aliyu is Legal Adviser.

At the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), retained his position as Director, Human Resources, Charles Anosike was appointed as Director AMS, Abdul Ahmed, Director, Legal; Saad Bashie, director, Director, Engineering and Technical Services; Abba Mailabi Yusuf is Director, Weather Forecasting Services,  Effiom Essien Oku appointed Director, Research and Training and Hamza Sani Hamza as Director, Finance and Accounts.