|In the attached photograph is the Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki SAN, addresing the meeting, seated on his right is the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh, follow by the Chairman National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission, High Chief Richard Egbule, Ph.D, MFR and MD/CE, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam
The strike proposed by members of the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Monday over failures of CNS/ATM equipment within the Nigeria’s airspace as well as welfare issues may no longer hold as a high powered meeting was held yesterday and headways were made.
NATCA had issued a statement Saturday signed by the Messrs Victor Egaru and Olawode Banji, President and General Secretary respectively, where they said it was disheartening that in the last two months that the CNS/ATM equipment has been epileptic and alarming, thereby increasing the workloads of both ATCs and Pilots.
They lamented, “Presently, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) serving the Lagos Runway 18R has been unserviceable for close to three months while the one serving the Second Runway (18L) have been epileptic for more than one month”.
“The distance measuring equipment on located with the VOR in Lagos has been out of service for a long time as well. Equipment in many airports including communication facilities suffers that same fate”.
However, the issue of closing the airspace became moot as a meeting between the supervising minister of labour and productivity Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu and the permanent Secretary ministry of aviation Mohammed Abass, and the unions where it was resolved that the issues raised were right.
Hours later, management of NAMA agreed to meet the demands of ATC , a communiqué made available to Flight Deck by Acting General Manager Public Affairs, Olajumoke Adetona highlighted the key resolution.
It was resolved among other things, that the advancement of recently licensed ATC should be on going while letters conveying approval for advancement be concluded within one week.
Also it was resolved that the redesignation of directorate of operations as directorate of Air Traffic Management be effected
On the sponsored World Bank Training it was resolved that NAMA is to pay the differentials in the Course allowance to eligible staff who attended the training in accordance with extant Public Service Rules as well as NAMA Conditions of Service and present evidence of payment at the next meeting in the Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity.
It was resolved that based on NAMA income and expenditure profile, and in compliance with requisite due process, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation will package proposal on the issues of allowances payable to Air Traffic Controllers as agreed, and forward same to the Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission for necessary action.
It was also agreed that the proposal should be immediately acknowledged by the NSIWC as part of the resolutions of this meeting. It was further noted that the NSIWC will complete the process of forwarding the proposals to Government within two (2) weeks for further necessary action.
Based on the above conclusions, the leadership of NATCA agreed to brief their members on the outcome of the meeting and communicate to the Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity within 48hrs with a view to suspending the intended withdrawal of services.