The Federal Government Monday announced the removal of the embattled Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr. Harold Demuren, with immediate effect.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday, Anyim Pius Anyim, the government said his removal was as a result of his failure to give a “satisfactory response” to stakeholders in the aviation sector. The three paragraph statement read: “Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the removal of Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren from office as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with effect from 12th March 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.” Following the Dana Air crash last year June, the National Assembly had launched into a probe of the aviation sector. The investigation by both chambers of parliament had unearthed the rot in the sector and blamed him for turning a blind eye to the underhand dealings in the sector and compromising safety.
This led to the insistence by the House of Representatives for his removal. Last week, there was also speculation that Demuren had been asked to proceed on terminal leave. This was based on the findings and recommendation of the Senate Committee on Aviation, which had indicted the former NCAA DG.
Before his sack, Demuren had been long been over due for retirement as his tenure as the DG had expired. But the Aviation Ministry kept extending his stay in office.