‘Osinbajo’s visit to MMIA unconnected with NCAA reorganisation’

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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The visit of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Thursday is not connected to the sacking of directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Federal Government has explained.

It stated that the visit of the acting President was primarily to inspect facilities at the airport and refuted claims that the exercise led to the sacking of about seven directors of the aviation agency.

Osinbajo, in company with the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, inspected the airport on Thursday.

The following day, the Federal Government announced the sacking of nine directors of the NCAA, but later recalled two of the officials on the grounds that they were fired in error.

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The Ministry of Aviation, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Mr. James Odaudu, stated that Osinbajo’s visit was to assess the state of facilities at the airport and to see possible areas of immediate attention.

It explained, “It must be made clear that the link between the two events has no basis as the reorganisation in the aviation agencies is part of an ongoing process to reposition them to properly and adequately carry out their regulatory mandates.

“Recall that the this administration, at the inception, placed aviation among top priority areas that would be reorganised and repositioned to contribute more to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and develop as a sub-regional hub for air transportation.

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“It, therefore, amounts to an error of judgment to attribute the reorganisation efforts to the visit of the acting President to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.”

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