Osinbajo not responsible for aviation sector reform – Minister

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo visits the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos [Photo: The Herald]

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says there is no link between the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, and the ongoing reorganisation in the aviation agencies.

Mr. Sirika said this in a statement signed and released to journalists by James Odaudu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation in Abuja.

He said that the visit of the Acting President on Thursday was to assess the state of facilities at the nation’s number one airport.

It was also to identify possible areas that needed the government’s immediate attention, he said.

According to him, a section of the nation’s media decided, rather inexplicably, to establish a link between Mr. Osinbajo’s visit and the recent reorganisation at the nation’s aviation agencies.

“It must be made clear that there is no basis to link both events together.

“The reorganisation in the agencies is part of an ongoing process to reposition them to properly and adequately carry out their regulatory mandates.

“It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, at inception, placed aviation among top priority areas that will be reorganised and repositioned to contribute more to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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

“Practitioners in the media industry are, therefore, advised to always cross check their information before going to press in order to avoid unnecessary controversies and stop misinforming the public.”

The Federal Government had on Friday carried out a major shakeup in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by terminating the appointments of nine directors.

It also announced the appointment of three directors and a general manager for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to replace the directors it sacked in October 2016.

A day after the sack of the NCAA directors, the government recalled two of them.


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  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    They are the mischief makers. They have started speculating,since buhari has gone,Naira has been appreciating,since buhari has gone,Fulani have stopped attacking, since buhari has gone,osinbajo has been performing better,since buhari has gone,NEPA has been stable.

    • Gary

      And are the afore-mentioned true or false? What exactly is your grouse over the fact that there’s been noticeable improvement in the trajectory of governance?
      Last time we checked, it is still the same administration in office: the Buhari-Osinbajo government. Stop getting unduly paranoid over public perceptions of competence between both men. There’s a reason even Buhari himself put Osinbajo in charge of the economy.
      It’s still a joint ticket, Oga Minister. The statement was totally unnecessary.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen


        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          I don’t know about the perceptions, but Gary is right on his submission.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Hmmmmmmmmn,Kay I don’t want to have anything to discuss with the name called gary,hence my silence. Otherwise I would have put forward my own side of the argument, perhaps you wouldn’t have agreed with him anyway.

  • Lanre

    And so Prof. Osibajo can no longer direct policy to achieve desired outcomes? Mr. Sirka/Sirika, there is a clear and direct correlation between what we observed from Prof. Osibajo and the actions taken by your ministry. And where is your minister – Rotimi Amaechi to talk and not you? Awa Yooba, a le gbon. We Yorubas will never learn. An ordinary minister of state, insulting (indirectly) a Vice President, just because he is Yoruba.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Sadly, I have to agree with what you wrote, save the last sentiment.

      Observation though, Sirika is of the Aviation Ministry whilst Amaechi is of Transport.

    • Mufu Ola

      Rubbish & childish sentiment!!

    • Sarah

      Holy Wahala, stop hidding under a Yoruba pseudonym to stir up distrust between Yoruba and Hausa/Fulani.
      They supported us (OBJ) to complete 8 peaceful years and we will support them to complete their 8 peaceful years in return.
      There is only one Presidency and it is the BUHARI Presidency.

  • Damilola

    These empty brains are at it again. May almighty God in mercy continue to detain that herdsman in whatever country he is. In just few weeks it’s like a thorn was removed in the flesh of the country. Meanwhile, Osibanjo or Buhari, ANRP wud root u guys out by 2019 God willing.

  • rayray

    I don’t understand how anybody will assume that Osinbajo made all these changes in just a few weeks after the president went on vacation. The present administration has promised that we will see improvements from 2017 now we are seeing it and the enemies of this administration is giving credit to the acting president to rubbish Buhari’s efforts. Wailers should brace them selves because Buhari will rule Nigeria till 2023

    • Gary

      Buhari will rule till 2023 because you are God and have determined how long he will live. You can make all your plans to destroy the opposition and prepare INEC and the security services to continue the current tack of favoring the APC to rig elections.
      But it will all come to naught if Buhari returns to his ancestors before then. And on that one crucial issue, nobody made of flesh and blood has any control.

      So your bravado amounts to whistling past the graveyard to bolster your delusions. None of us is guaranteed to see the next sunrise nor defy the laws of biology that a sickly octogenarian will be around to end his current term.

    • George

      Ohh yes Buhari will rules forever but let him show his face now to complete the first four years you maggot.

  • thusspokez

    The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says there is no link between the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, and the ongoing reorganisation in the aviation agencies.

    So what if there is a link? I don’t understand the need for the angry press statement. This is much ado about nothing — indeed, an overreaction. Why do some Nigerians always inject aggressive into everything?

    “It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration

    What does “Buhari-led administration” mean? It is loaded in meaning. Is the speaker questioning the authority of the ‘Buhari administration’ currently led by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. If not why, does he feel the need to say the “Buhari-led administration” rather than the Buhari administration or simply, the government?

    • George

      Because you Yoroobas are claiming the glory of living dead soul president

  • Sarah

    In any case minister, the buck stops at the President’s, or in this case Ag. President’s table. Osinbajo presently bears VICARIOUS responsibility for succeses and failures of government.
    Hence they made you issue this ‘..clarification..’

  • henry

    There is no need for the press statement the Minister should be sacked or cautioned she is been mischievous. Let us asumed it was Mr President. ..PMB that visited the Airport will she issued such press statement? Whatever any Minister is doing it is on behalf of the President because if the President say no, that is the end of the reform because the buck stops at Mr President”s table.As at today Osinbajo is the face of the Presidency and I believe the Presidency is one.These are the people causing division, unnecessary rivalry and insinuations, in the Presidency.Woman for that matter.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Thanks a million, Henry.

      That statement by the Minister is a non sequitur and has only confirmed that the issuer is not part of the team or a team player. He issued that statement purely to garner accolades to his own person more than anything else.

      Funny thing is that the positive movements we are witnessing in his sector is being driven from the Rotimi Amaechi end.

      • George

        Yoroobas looking for glory from all corners don’t forgot that Abokis are not sleeping

        • AryLoyds


    • AryLoyds

      The Rivalry has just begone and it is not even time for elections and change of power , Osibanjo must watch his back or else he will end up in the belly of the beasts also known as the cabal.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Yea but as of now, Osinbajo could still comment and make things work in the right way if some elements of the ‘terms of reference’ in the reorganization are not being implemented.

    I wonder what this minister is talking about.

    • George

      The minister is telling you Yoroobers that this is Buhari work not your boy VP work.

  • Mufu Ola

    Some section of media are of very low quality.How does the presence of Osinbajo at the MMIA elicit “reforms” within hours? Are reforms formulated on the spurs of d moment as is obvious in this case? Nigerian media more quality & matured personnel.You can see loads of incompetence especially in d columns.However the minister’s statement is unnecessary

  • George

    This is exactly how Diya wishes Abacha dead which made Abacha to dealt with him accordingly and now this short knife called Osinbuja is trying to outdone his master hence this retrieve of glory to where its belong. Yoroobas watchout Abokis are watching you people body language.

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  • Egbele Tom Amos

    Join the discussion…Your judgemental comment is too tribalistic and in bad taste.