Buhari fires NiMet DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Organization (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi.


No reason was given for the action but there are allegations of fraud leveled against the former NiMet DG.


Mashi’s tenure is supposed to expire in January 2022.


He is replaced by Bako Mansur Matazu.


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.


Buhari has also announced a new Rector for the College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) after the current Rector/CEO Capt. Abdulsami Mohammed completed his first tenure of four years.


The Aviation Minister, Senator, Hadi Sirika, announced the new appointments through Mr. James Odaudu, the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation.


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


The new Rector 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.


Until his appointment, Captain 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 flying career.

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