To improve the safety oversight system of the country’s aviation industry and resolve the current and emerging challenges, the Federal Government has approved the restructuring of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General of NCAA, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.
Nuhu revealed that the approved restructuring is aimed at repositioning the agency for effective and efficient service delivery, to entrench a robust safety oversight system in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices and enable the regulatory body to resolve the current and emerging challenges facing the industry.
The restructuring in Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, brought about the merging of some key directorates and sacking their superintending directors.
The new and retained directorates are Airworthiness Standards (DAWS), Operations, Licensing and Training (DOLT), Air Transport Regulations (DATR), Aerodrome, and Airspace Standards (DAAS), Finance and Accounts (DFA), and the Directorate of Human Resources and Administration (DHR&A).
The Directorate of Consumer Protection was merged with DATR, while that of General Aviation was subsumed under the Directorate of Airworthiness Standards.
“The restructuring affects the following directorates, which are the major organs of the authority. It has been reduced from nine to six.
“Others are the Finance and Accounts (DFA) and the Directorate of Human Resources and Administration (DHR &A).
“On the other hand, the directorates of Consumer Protection and General Aviation have been phased out.
“While the former is merged with DATR, the latter is subsumed under the Directorate of Airworthiness Standards,” he said.
The newly appointed directors are Mr Kayode Ajiboye for DAWS and Capt. Elisha Bahago for DOLT, are recognised as aviation professionals considering the number of years and experience with the industry.