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Unions warn President Buhari on cabal activities in aviation industry

Three unions in the aviation industry, the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard moves by a cabal to instigate the merger the aviation industry to the transport industry.

President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR)

The unions in an open letter to the president hinted on plans by this ‘selfish group’  in the aviation industry subliminally manipulate its ideas into the presidency in a bid to entrench its egotistical  agenda.
In the open letter signed by General secretaries of the unions, Comrades Captain Tarnongu,  Olayinka Abioye and Aba Ocheme respectively  the unions advised the president to steer clear of this ‘nefarious cabal’ stating that:
The letter in part read,“The cabal has strong interest in, and is the unseen force behind the re-emergent distractive debate about the merger or de merger of the aviation industry with, or from, the transport Ministry. Being unable to influence Mr. President’s choice of Aviation Minister and being thoroughly afraid of President Buhari’s Mr. Integrity wind.”
The unions recalled that under the President Obasanjo administration the Aviation Industry and the Transport sector were merged twice due to ill advise from the same cabal under different pseudonyms and was reversed the minute it was discovered that the move was by far retrogressive.
“How efficient can aviation run under a Ministry of Transport, which may end up with a Minister who has to go again through tutelage on aviation itself perhaps under the cabal, as they usually find their way round an innocent non professional Minister who must seek professional advice, then getting the advice that has a selfish agenda?”
“For us, as representatives of the most critical element in the productivity chain (the workers), we have no particular interest in the merger or de-merger argument, and we wish not to be involved with the politics of it. Our only concern is the profiteering that adversaries of orderly aviation growth seek to make from it.”
According to the unions’ letter, this group seeks an weak leadership in the sub-sector that would bend to their manipulation and let them run riot as usual and one way to do that is to put aviation under the transport Ministry where the minister of aviation will once again start learning the ropes.
The group further stated that the problem of the aviation industry was one of corruption and government not putting the right professional in the right place also stating that any industry that is self sustaining does not need to be merged as it can contribute to the national treasury.
They expressed their total commitment to stand behind the president on the matter of appointing a minister for aviation but stated that their desire remained the same as the president should appoint a professional
“We wish to state very clearly that we will stand with Mr. President’s final decision on this matter. However, we hasten to equally state that our position and advice to Mr. President remains the same, an aviation Ministry with a seasoned professional who has sound managerial experience, who has integrity and not blemished, with business orientation as an added advantage, will surely take the industry to greater heights.”
“Having decided to pick technocrats and professionals as Ministers, we have no doubts in our minds that there are suitably qualified Nigerian professionals and technocrats who will meet and even surpass Mr. President’s expectation.”
According to the open letter, the present underdeveloped state of the industry reeks of meddling from these unseen hands that have over the years perfected plans to corner every new administration and manipulate it into its bidding under the guise of national interest.

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