President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the sack of the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren. This takes effect from today 12th March 2013.
Details of his removal from office was contained in a statement issued on Monday night by the Special Assistant to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Media), Sam Nwaobasi. According to the Statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, the decision was approved by President Jonathan after “a careful consideration of Demuren’s unsatisfactory response to the numerous concerns of stakeholders in the aviation sector”. It added that President Jonathan wished him well in his future endeavours.
Here is the statement entitled ‘Removal of Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren from office as Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.’
“His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved the removal of Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren from office as the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with effect from March 12, 2013.
“This is consequent upon a careful consideration of Dr. Demuren’s unsatisfactory response to the numerous concerns of stakeholders in the aviation sector. Mr. President wishes him well in his future endeavours.”
The Senate and the House of Representatives had in January resolved that Demuren be sacked amid uproar over the crash of a Dana Air plane that claimed 163 lives in June last year. The House of Representatives had blamed the crash on negligence by the regulatory authorities and recommended the dismissal and prosecution of Demuren.