The ministry of aviation has debunked claims linking the reorganisation in one of the aviation agencies with the unscheduled visit of the acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on February 23, 2017.
It would be recalled that after Osinbajo’s visit, the federal government sacked all the 10 directors in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) the next day.
A statement issued by the deputy director of press in the ministry of aviation, Mr. James Odaudu said the acting president’s visit was to assess the state of facilities at the airport, and to see possible areas of immediate attention.
“It must be made clear that the link between the two events has no basis, as the reorganisation in the 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 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.
“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.” said Odaudu.