Buhari Approves Three Appointments in Aviation

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Akin Olateru, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Akin Olateru, the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N), who ended his first tenure in December 2020.

According to a statement signed by James Odaudu, the Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry of Aviation, . The ministry said: “President Buhari has approved some reorganizations within the agencies under the Ministry of Aviation.

Akin Olateru, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Nigerian, UK and USA licenses began his career in engineering maintenance with Pan African Airlines and the Nigerian Police Air Wing after which he left Nigeria for further studies.

Olateru has also worked with a number of 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.

Statement stated that President Muhammad Buhari also approved the appointment of Professor Bako Mansur Matazu as the new Director-General of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET). He replaces Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi.

Professor 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).

He was, until his appointment, the General Manager, Meteorological Research in the Agency.

The ministry also stated that the president approved the appointment of Captain Modibbo Alkali Mahmud as the new rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria.

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.

Until his appointment, Captain Modibbo had served in various capacities, including Pilot in Training, Fleet Captain at Dornier Aviation Nigeria, Max Air and other organizations and has clocked about 6000 hours of a flying career.

The ministry said all the appointments were with immediate effect, adding that it should be noted that the “reorganization is a continuous exercise that will involve other management staff of all agencies of the ministry.”

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