July 16, 2024

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Akin Olateru returns to AIB, Bako Mansur Matazu, presides at NIMET, Modibbo Alkali Mahmud, Pilot-In-Command, NCAT

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Engr Akin Olateru, Commissioner/CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendations of the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, on the reappointment of Engr Akin Olateru, as Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB-Nigeria.

A statement from the Ministry of Aviation said a sequel to the reorganization ongoing in the ministry and its parastatals, President dropped the erstwhile Director-General, Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NIMET, Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi and replaced with Professor Bako Mansur Matazu, as the new DG, NIMET.

The statement further announced that, President Muhammadu Buhari, had also approved the appointment of Captain Modibbo Alkali Mahmud as the new Rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria.

Capt Modibbo Alkali Mahmud, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria

The reappointed Commissioner/CEO of AIB, Engr Olateru, was an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Nigerian, UK and USA licenses. Olateru 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.

He 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.

On the new DG at NIMET, Professor Bako Mansur Matazu, holds a PhD 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.

At the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria, the new Rector, Capt Modibbo Alkali Mahmud, 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.

Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi, Former DG, NIMET, Abuja

Until his appointment, Captain Modibbo 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 statement however added a caveat that, “It should be noted that the reorganization is a continuous exercise that will involve other management staff of all agencies of the Ministry.

All the appointment the statement takes immediate effect.


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