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Cletus Okereke Umeh, is the Acting Director, Licensing in Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). He was born on 20th August, 1960. After his Primary School in Umuaku Central School, Isuochi, he had his Secondary education at Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu where he made a Division One in WASC in 1980 He proceeded to University of Nigeria, Nsukka and graduated in 1984 with a B.Sc. in Physics & Astronomy.
Umeh did his NYSC at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna in 1984/85 service year, when the Academy started degree programme. There, he lectured Physics to the pioneer Degree Cadets of the NDA, some of whom today are Major Generals in the Nigerian Army.
Umeh started his Aviation career in Air Registration Branch (ARB) of the defunct Civil Aviation Department, Federal Ministry of Transport & Aviation as a Licensing Examiner II in 1987 and grew through the ranks.
In 2004, he obtained a Diploma in Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating & Multi-Engine when he graduated from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, and became a qualified Commercial Pilot. In 2011, Umeh possessed a Master degree in Transportation Planning & Management from the University of Lagos
Due to his quest for safe Aviation operations, he proceeded to the UK and obtained a Flight Instructor Rating in 2012.
He had attended other numerous Aviation Courses locally and internationally, among which are GSI-Personnel Licensing and Operations, respectively- ICAO, ITS-Flight Standards- FAA, HS- 800XP Pilot Type Rating- CAE, Curriculum Development & Instructional Testing-FAA, International Instructor Training-FAA, Compliance & Enforcement Procedures- FAA, ICAO/TRAINAIR PLUS Training Instructor & Air Safety Management for Practitioners respectively, Surveillance of Service Providers-FAA.
Umeh is well knowledgeable and very experienced in Regulatory functions. He headed the Certification team for NCAT- Zaria, IAC-Ilorin, & IHFS-Enugu ATOs on several occasions. He equally supervises skill tests standards for the issuance of Flight Crew Licenses/Ratings at various ATOs.
He is a recipient of some distinguished awards such as the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from the Resurrection of Christ Theological College in partnership with Brethren College of Theology, an affiliate of Ashland University, Ohio USA in March, 2010. He was also recognized, appreciated, and honoured by the Oklahoma State Fair as an Honorary Guest in 2012 “Oklahoma State Fair”
Cletus O. Umeh is happily married with children