The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi
Sirika, has said that the recent sack and on-going renovation in the
Ministry, was not as a result of last week’s visit by the Acting
President, Yemi Osinbajo, to the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.
A statement by the Ministry’s Deputy
Director, Publicity and Press, James Odaudu, explained that Osinbajo’s
visit was to inspect the facilities at the Airport.
Recall, that all the Directors of the
Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, were last Friday, sacked by the
Federal Government, barely 24 hours after Osinbajo visited the Airport.
Reacting, Odaudu said: “It must be made
clear that the link between the two events has no basis, as the
re-organisation in the agencies was part of an on-going process to
re-position them, to properly and adequately carry out their regulatory
He condemned the media report, which linked the Acting President’s visit with the re-organisation at the agencies.
He stated that the Federal Government
placed aviation on its top priority list, that needed to be re-organised
and re-positioned, to contribute more to the nation’s Gross Domestic
Odaudu, further stressed that the
repositioning was also important to develop the sector as a sub-regional
hub for air transportation
He said it was an error of judgment to attribute the re-organisation to Osinbajo’s visit
“Practitioners in the media industry are
therefore, advised to always crosscheck their information before going
to press, to avoid unnecessary controversies and misinformation to the
public,” the statement reads.