Dr Harold Demuren
Speculations have become rife since the removal of Dr Harold Demuren over who would replace him as the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Although his sack was a shock to many people but it was a mere denouement for many who had followed developments since after the crash of Dana Air flight J9 992 in Lagos that killed 153 persons on board.
Demuren’s accomplishments as the director general of the regulatory body leave a big shoe that can fit very few experts in the industry as his academic achievements; his experience as an aviator can rarely be matched; including his aura, oratorical prowess and international goodwill.
But willy-nilly there will be a successor that will have to carry on with the essential job of safety and economic regulation of the airlines in the sector.
Three names have popped up from very reliable sources who may be the possible replacement of the aeronautical engineer who presided over the activities of NCAA when the country obtained Category 1 status from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); passed the audit of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and also obtained the Cape Town Convention, which enhances the leasing of aircraft by Nigerian airlines.
One of those that may be considered is Fola Akinkuotu who is presently the Rector of the International Aviation College, Ilorin.
Akinkuotu has been in the aviation industry for a very long time and has garnered enviable experience and thrived in the misfortunes and fortunes of the sector.
Akinkuotu is the Rector, International Aviation College, Ilorin, which is the newest aviation college in Nigeria and has spent over 40 years in the industry.
The rector, who started as an aircraft engineer and became a flight engineer and pilot, has flown in most of the airlines in Nigeria and have over 13,000 hours of jet time.
Akinkuotu is said to be in serious consideration because he has met all the qualifications for that position, but the way of government can be unpredictable, so until he is appointed, his chances cling in the cobweb of uncertainty.
Others that are being in consideration are Kiddie Dare and Folashade Odutola who are equally experienced and who have put in so many years in the industry.
Dare was the Director of Mobile Aviation before he moved to the NCAA where he was made the Director of Operation and he was in charge of operation when Nigeria obtained the aforementioned certifications.
Although the name of Odutola is being mentioned in some quarters, but THISDAY gathered that there was earlier indication that she was not interested in the position.
Odutola was once the Rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria (NCAT) and presently is the Director of Air Transport Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).