Nigeria: Directors of Aviation Regulator Sacked after Ag. President Inspects Airport
The Nigerian government sacked 10 directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on 24 February. The directors were sacked a day after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo made a surprise visit to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital Abuja is the second busiest in the country, and it will also be undergoing some rehabilitation starting this March. The shake-up of the aviation industry in Nigeria is a clear sign that the government is working to improve air travel as part of a drive to develop the operational environment.
It is also notable that efforts are now more energetic at a time President Muhammadu Buhari is away in the UK on an indefinite sick leave, indicating that reforms would be keenly pursued with Osinbajo in charge in the interim. However, sustainability depends on ongoing political circumstances surrounding Buhari’s prolonged absence and the outcome of this flux.