Capt. Muhtar Shaibu Usman is the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the apex aviation regulatory authority in Nigeria.
Capt. Usman was born on December 5, 1956, in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He started his elementary education at Government Secondary Technical School, Soba and finished in 1972. In 1973, he proceeded to the Government Technical College and later obtained a Federal Craft Training Certificate.
This is where the allure of aviation kept beckoning. In 1975, the young Usman got admitted to the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT), Zaria, to pursue a course in Aero Electronics and Telecommunication where he obtained a Diploma certificate.
During his career, Usman worked as a flying instructor at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT), Zaria from 1981 – 1985. He proceeded to the Nigeria Airways Ltd., Lagos between 1985 – 2004 where among other assignments, he flew the B737 aircraft. As a fleet captain’s assistant, Usman assisted in fleet technical and operational administration.
Capt. Usman also pursued other professional education during his career—City and Guilds, Radio, TV, Electronics (1977), Commercial Pilot, Multi Engine and Instrument ratings, Burnside – Ott Aviation Training Centre, Miami USA (1977), B727 Flight Engineers’ rating, Miami, USA (1980), Flying Instructors’ rating, Oxford Air Training School,UK,1982 and Airline Transport Pilot License, New York,USA,1992.
He also took various international trainings in his field which include the following: Aircraft Accident Investigation, USA (2006); Safety Oversight Inspectors’ course, Singapore (2007); International Society of Air Safety Investigators’ Seminar Singapore (2007); Helicopter
Accident Investigation, USC USA (2007); ICAO Organised Accident Investigation Seminar, Nairobi, Kenya (2008); Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management Course (CNS/ATM), PAN AM Academy, Miami, USA (2008), and: Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, Cranfield University (2009).
In addition, the Director General attended Airport Operations Course, Singapore (2009), ICAO Course on ECCAIRES database and exchange (2010) and Safety Management System Course, SCSI, USA, (2010).