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FG Terminates FAAN Managing Director’s Appointment



The Federal Government has sacked the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) Capt. Rabiu Yadudu.

Yadudu was removed from his position as a director of the agency on Friday along with five other directors. Yadudu was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

In the meantime, Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed has been named the FAAN’s new managing director, and he is scheduled to start working there next week.

Prior to his appointment, the new FAAN director served as the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Regional General Manager, North Central.

In January 2022, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, nominated him as Chairman, Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee, which he paired with his role as General Manager, Special Duties at FAAN.

According to sources, similar exercises would be conducted by the National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), and other organizations.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the top regulator of civil aviation, has also experienced a wave of senior staff resignations.

Reasons for the mass resignation, industry sources hinted, is predicated on underhand moves by the Ministry of Aviation to alter the rules to enable the controversial national carrier – Nigeria Air take – off before May 29, 2023.

The source hinted that the Ministry of Aviation is putting the NCAA under pressure to waive some aspects  of regulation to see the controversial  carrier airborne before the administration signs  out in less than nine  days. 

According to The Nation, key personnel  have  thrown in the towel over pressure to be influenced to act in an unprofessional manner to issue approvals that will birth the controversial carrier.

The directorate , experts say, is key to issuing the relevant certificates – Air Operators’ Certificate ( AOC), that will qualify the controversial carrier to take – off.

Stakeholders in the aviation industry have called on the outgoing Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to write his name in gold by appointing senior directors to the positions of chief executive officers of the agencies.

The stakeholders under the aegis of ‘Mission to Redeem Aviation’,  advised that professionals should be allowed to remain in the sector rather than being posted out of it.

The body’s coordinator, Comrade Fidelis Anazie in a statement urged the minister to try to right the wrongs of the past by making laudable appointments.

Part of the statement reads ‘We have been watching with keen interest the way appointments were being made in our highly rated sector but we are yet to get it right. Since these appointments are long overdue, we advise Senator Sirika to pick from agencies and appoint them without delay and without looking outside”

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President Bola Tinubu Suspend Godwin Emefiele as CBN Governor



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, CFR, from office with immediate effect,” the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willie Bassey said in a Friday statement.

“This is sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.”

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What I Have Seen About Tinubu’s Government – Shehu Sani Reveals



Barely two weeks after he assumed office, former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has expressed satisfaction with the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu so far.

The non-serving senator said the president has started on a good footing and has demonstrated civility especially in giving listening ears to people.

Sani stated this when he appeared on the Channels Television programme “Politics Today” yesterday.

According to him, given critical observation and consultations with individuals and groups, he was satisfied with the administration for now.

Going ahead, he however said that the president must arrest insecurity and growing violent attacks while handling the fragile economic situation of the country.

To address these, Sani said Tinubu should seek wise counsel in appointing leaders of security agencies and constitute a knowledgeable economic team.

He said, “First of all, I can see that he has started on a good footing in the sense that he has proven to be a president first of all as a civil servant and also gives a listening ear to people. From what we can see from distance and consulting individuals and groups, I think he has started right, I am satisfied with the level of consultation for now.”

He said what the President has to do is to get people that are competent and capable, to man the position of authority as he pilots the ship of state to the future. “ He also needs to set an immediate priority of what he needs to address and as far as Nigeria is concerned, first is security and the second is economy, these two are very important,” he added

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Lagos State Youngest Lawmaker Pledges Effective Representation



The thirty-six-year-old youngest member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Sabur Oluwa, has promised his Constituents of effective representation.

Oluwa, who is representing the Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency II at the Assembly, was among the 40 lawmakers inaugurated at the 10th Lagos Assembly on Tuesday.

The lawmakers took the Oath of Office after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu proclaimed the 10th Assembly on Tuesday.

Oluwa reiterated his commitment to quality representation that would bring speedy development to the constituency and also promote peace and harmony among constituents.

He said; “By the grace of God, the mandate given to me by my constituents in Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency II will not be betrayed. The confidence they have in me will be justified. The love of my constituents for me, through their votes in the election that brought me in, will be reciprocated.

“The peculiarities of our constituency, being one of the most populous and ethnically diverse in Nigeria, set us apart. We will leverage these to attract the requisite attention and development to Ajegunle.”

“I will ensure effective and sound representation at the House of Assembly, Lagos, to positively impact the lives of Ajegunle people,” the 36 years old lawmaker said.

Oluwa is the youngest lawmaker in the 10th Assembly.

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