The looming unrest at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) may have come to an end as unions have sheathed their plans of protest over interviews for promotion of staff
According to the Industry watchdog, the contested interview meant for staff elevation has commenced despite initial agitations from unions seeking not to undergo the process.
This peace is coming at the heels of the regulatory authority’s preparation for the March 2016 International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Audit, of which the world aviation regulatory body officials are already in country.
The NCAA has in the wake of this labour crisis sought out means to calm frayed nerves and told Nigerian Flight Deck that all is well in the agency as staff in regional offices have been interviewed and are awaiting promotion letters once the exercise is complete.
Acting General Manager Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye who spoke to our reporter explained:
“We seek and engender an atmosphere of peace. However, we have resolved our union crisis. The interview has commenced, those in Out Stations or what we call regional officers have been interviewed and we are conducting for Lagos right now this exercise will end tomorrow.”
“As soon as the process is concluded, letters of promotion will be issued to beneficiaries. Certainly it will be done before the new year,” he explained.
Recall that a fortnight ago there was a rumour about closure of the Nigerian airspace over an unrest instigated by some unions who wanted to go on strike over federal government policy which mandated that for promotion to take place the affected staff needed to write an examination, a policy that was initiated last year.
This did not go down well with some persons who may have wrapped that and encapsulated it with the promotion while threatening to go on strike.
Consequently, a meeting with the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria [ATSSSAN] and representatives of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers [NAAPE was brokered.
On the ICAO Audit, the Ag GM said that,” NCAA is playing host to ICAO officials since last week to assist us in our preparation for March 2016 ICAO Audit.”