Buhari names new heads for NCAT, NIMET


Reappoints Olateru as AIB-N commissioner

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, approved the appointment of new heads for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

The appointees are Capt. Modibbo Alkali Mahmud as new Rector of NCAT and Prof. Bako Mansur Matazu as the Director-General of NIMET.

Similarly, the President sanctioned the reappointment of Akin Olateru as the Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigeria.

Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, confirmed the appointments, saying it aligned with the administration’s commitment to the implementation of the Aviation Development Roadmap.

Matazu, who replaces Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi at NIMET, holds 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.

Mahmud holds the Airline Transport Pilot Licences of the Federal Aviation Administration, USA, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Embraer, Citation, and other international professional certifications.

Prior to his elevation, Capt. 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 a flying career.

All the appointments are with immediate effect.

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