Federal Ministry of Aviation (Nigeria)

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The Federal Ministry of Aviation was one of the Federal Ministries of Nigeria that regulates air travel and aviation services in Nigeria. The Ministry was among many Ministries merged by President Muhamadu Buhari as part of his campaign promises to cut down the cost of running the government. the Ministry is now part of the Transportation Ministry of Nigeria which is headed by Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and The Minister of State Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika[1]


The ministry is responsible for formulation and management of the government's aviation policies in Nigeria.

It is directly responsible for overseeing air transportation, airport development and maintenance, provision of aviation infrastructural services and other needs. The ministry is headed by a Minister appointed by the President, assisted by a Permanent Secretary, who is a career civil servant.[2] The Ministry is responsible for parastatals such as the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.[3] The ministry has its headquarters in Abuja.[4] Previously the head office was in Lagos.[5]

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The ministry was headed by Femi Fani Kayode during President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration.[2] He was succeeded by Felix Hyatt as Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation) when President Yar'Adua announced his cabinet in July 2007. Felix Hyatt was dropped on October 29, 2008 in a cabinet reshuffle.[6] Babatunde Omotoba was sworn in as minister of Aviation on December 17, 2008.[7] As of December 2009 the Permanent Secretary was Idris Adamu Kuta.[8]

On July 5, 2010; President Goodluck Jonathan approved the redeployment of Federal Permanent Secretaries. A press statement by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Mr. Stephen Oronsaye stated two recently appointed permanent secretaries received postings with 11 permanent secretaries reshuffled while 32 retained their portfolios. The current permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Aviation is Ms. Anne Ene-Ita. Prior to the July 5th rotation, she was the immediate past permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development[citation needed]

Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi was confirmed to the post of Nigerian Minister of Aviation on July 2, 2011. She had previously served as the Director of Administration and Finance for the presidential campaign of Goodluck Jonathan.[9]#

President Jonathan swore in former Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Corps Marshal Osita Chidoka as minister of aviation on 23 July 2014.


Previously the ministry's Civil Aviation Department investigated aircraft accidents. In 1989 the Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) opened, and the Civil Aviation Department became the FCAA Department of Safety Services. During the same year the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), subordinate to the Ministry of Aviation, was established, and the FCAA no longer had accident investigation responsibilities. The name of the bureau was later changed to the Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau. As part of the Civil Aviation Act of 2006, the AIB became an autonomous agency, the Accident Investigation Bureau.[10] [11]


  1. ^ http://aviation.gov.ng
  2. ^ a b "Federal Ministry of Transport (Air)". Federal Ministry of Aviation. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Brief History". Nigerian College of Aviation Technology. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  4. ^ "LIST AND ADDRESSES OF FEDERAL MINISTRIES IN NIGERIA." Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, D.C. Retrieved on 8 September 2010. "FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION Fed. Secretariat, Shehu Shagari Way Abuja"
  5. ^ "CIVIL AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT NO. CIA 129." (Archive) Federal Ministry of Aviation. Retrieved on 7 June 2012. "Federal Ministry of Aviation, Joseph Street, Lagos"
  6. ^ Tobs Agbaegbu (4 November 2008). "Sacking of 20 Ministers". Newswatch. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  7. ^ Anza Philips, Abuja Bureau (24 December 2008). "The Coming of New Helmsmen". Newswatch. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  8. ^ "Permanent Secretaries". Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  9. ^ "[1]." Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation. Retrieved on October 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "About AIB Archived January 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." Accident Investigation Bureau. Retrieved on 26 February 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.xtremeloaded.com/2268/list-of-current-nigerian-ministers-2015-updated/ Full list of Nigerian ministers from 2014-2015

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