With thousands of travelers who fly in and out of Nigeria every minute, the ministry that regulates, supervises, and coordinates the affairs of the industry is the Federal Ministry of Aviation.
The ministry was once merged with the transportation ministry, the aviation ministry was made an autonomous ministry in 2019 by the president.
Nigeria’s aviation ministry has at least 10 departments and 6 agencies that help in implementing the aviation policies of the government.
The minister is an appointee of the president, as such whatever recommendations he get are submitted forwarded to the president.
5 Core Mandates of Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry
1) It is responsible for the management of airports in Nigeria
2) The Aviation Industry is responsible for the issuance of licence state-owned airports through one of its agencies.
3) The Ministry ensures that safety and security measures in the sector are in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) requirements, and recommended best practices.
4) It makes provision for aviation infrastructural services
5) It sanctions airline that violates the aviation guidelines.
|Aviation Agencies in Nigeria||Year of Establishment||Core Mandate|
|Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)||1935||To manage Commercial Airports and provide service to both passenger and cargo airlines in Nigeria.|
|Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet)||May 21, 2003||To analyze and give a timely report of weather and climate information for the aviation industry and for the safety of lives and property in Nigeria.|
|Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)||1999||To monitor, regulate, and promote safety for airline navigation in accordance with global standards as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation|
|Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB)||2006||To investigate aircraft accidents and make recommendations on how to avoid disaster in the aviation sector in Nigeria|
|Nigerian College Of Aviation Technology (NCAT)||1964||To Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Aeronautical Telecommunications Engineers, Cabin Crew, Flight Dispatchers and several other in the aviation industries|
|Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)||1999||To provide air navigation services throughout the Nigerian Flight Information Region.|
|Note: Some of the agencies have undergone name change over the years as a result of several reforms in the aviation industry in Nigeria.|
Past and Present Ministers of Aviation from 1999 Till Date:
- Osita Benjamin Chidoka
- Stella Oduah Ogiemwonyi
- Babatunde Omotoba
- Abraham Babalola Borishade
- Femi Fani-Kayode
- Felix Hassan Hyat
- Kema Chikwe
- Olusegun Agagu
Note: This isn’t arranged in ascending order.
Sirika Hadi is the incumbent minister of aviation in Nigeria, he was a senator from Katsina North Senatorial District before his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 as minister of state when aviation was under the ministry of transportation.
He became a senior minister in 2019 after aviation was carved out of transportation. He is a former pilot who was educated in the United States