Ex-Nigerian Airways boss heads team to transfer Abuja flights to Kaduna

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The Federal Government has appointed a former Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian Airways, Mohammed Joji, as chairman of a transitional committee for temporary relocation of flight to and from Abuja, to Kaduna airport.

Mr. Joji confirmed the appointment to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday.

“Yes, I have just been appointed this morning by the minister of aviation as the chairman of the transition committee for the temporary relocation of Abuja flights to Kaduna.

“I am on my way back from Abuja to Kaduna after the meeting with the honorable minister and acceptance of the appointment,” he said.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika had told journalists in Abuja that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIAA) would be closed for six weeks from February and March 2017 for the repairs of the runway built over three decades ago.

He said the 3,100-metre runway has a life span of 20 years.

The minister said though the rehabilitation would last six months, the runway would be closed for six weeks, and all flights in and out of Abuja would be diverted to Kaduna.


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  • Otile

    Everything about this government continues to favor Buhari’s Fulani people at the expense of the Niger Delta people who own the oil used in funding these projects. This is the main reason for discontent, disenchantment, and disillusionment among the cheated people in this land.

    • FineBoy

      Just recommended your name to replace Joji.
      Hope you have entered an aircraft before

    • Ashibogu

      Otile! Gbam!

  • Eluba Inas

    Why appoint a former MD of Nigerian Airways–a dead elephant. Was this person not part of the problem that resulted in the death of NA?

  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government has appointed a former Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian Airways, Mohammed Joji, as chairman of a transitional committee for temporary relocation of flight to and from Abuja, to Kaduna airport.

    This is typical Nigerian mumu ways of thinking. Here you have two airports, namely, Kaduna and Abuja with separate management teams. Now, you want Kaduna to handle additional flights from Abuja whilst the latter is under maintenance for a few months.

    Why would the government need an additional layer of bureaucracy, it calls “transition team”? Isn’t it part of the “What-if” contingency planning of every airport in the world? What if the airport has to close down due to poor weather, terrorism, fire or riot? The answer is that, the affected airport would diverts all flights to another airport. Same in this case, namely, all flights to Abuja are to be diverted to Kaduna. No committee is required, just leave the two airports’s management teams to sort things out among themselves. They don’t need yet another clueless Mohammed appointment to start ordering them around.

    • Gary

      It’s called “jobs for the boys”. Somebody wants to do “welfare” for Mohammed Jooji so they created this superfluous task force.
      Don’t worry, it’s just a six-week gig (or so they say until they sack someone to make him permanent). There’s enough money in the budget and more money to share with rising oil prices.
      Jooji, welcome back to the public trough. Long time no see.

  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government has appointed a former Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian Airways (NA), Mohammed Joji

    The airways went defunct because this man couldn’t run it properly, and now for his gross incompetence and failure, he is rewarded with chairmanship of sort.

    The demise of Nigerian Airways was like the assassination of John F Kennedy. You couldn’t belief the news at first. The death of NA is the biggest global disgrace and shame that Nigeria has suffered to date. You would think that the man who was responsible for the death of NA would have done hara-kiri a very honourable to do given the gravity of the national shame — or at least retired in shame. But no! he pops up again as Oga chairman Transition of whatever. How do you reward gross failure and expect Nigeria to develop? BTW where is Skypower Express Airways? This man is a serial wrecker.

  • The Optimist

    Security should be beefed up on the treacherous Kaduna – Abuja road to forestall robbers and kidnappers from having a field day during the six weeks. On appointing people of old, the recycling of those who managed entities to a collapse speaks no good. We need to have a real change.

  • Mamman Bako

    Now we know, it’s been a scheme for a job for the boys all along. This minister is just an uneducated man and doesn’t know how today’s world works.