The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE] conducted a solidarity rally to the operational Headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority[NCAA] in Lagos on Wednesday the 3rd of December, 2015 during which the Union canvassed several issues for the management consideration.
Leading the Joint Action Congress (JAC) Rally to all the Aviation Parastatals Offices before they rounded at Aviation House was the Deputy President of NUATE, Comrade Williams Ukah.
He listed items for management attention as issues of Training for Technical Staff, Autonomy, Staff Claims, Airlines Indebtedness to NCAA and the Dana Airlines request to commence a Regional Flight Operations from the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 [MMA2].
The Unions urged the Authority not to accede to Dana request to operate a Regional Flight from the MMA2 so as not to incur the wrath of labour in the sector. The Unions hinged their position on the ground that the request negate Aviation Security at the Terminal and the agreement between the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria [FAAN] and the operator of the Terminal.
They were however full of praise to the management of the Authority over the amicable resolution of the issue of staff promotions and prompt payment of staff salaries and other emoluments at this time of the year.
The NCAA Director of Finance and Accounts, Alhaji Nuhu Ozigi on behalf of the Director General, Capt Usman Muhtar addressed the Unions and also received a letter addressed to the DG.
He stated that, as a regulatory body, issue of staff training and re-training (local or foreign) is of utmost priority. But in compliance with budgetary regulatory policy of the Federal Government, foreign trainings for technical staff needs approval from the Head of Service of Federation through the Ministry and that the approval processes are ongoing.
He promised that the management would look into the issue of DANA request critically before taking a decision on it.
He however noted that some technical staff from the critical sections of NCAA are currently at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology[NCAT] undergoing various relevant local trainings in line with International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recommendations.
DFA disclosed that, while pensions and gratuities are not owed to any staff, modalities have been fashioned out on how to liquidate pending staff claims on a monthly basis, even though it might seem to be going fairly slowly.
On Airlines indebtedness in the face of government’s policy of,” debt recovery without disruption of flight operations”, he said that NCAA has put in place an aggressive and concerted efforts at debt recovery, more particularly, by local airlines.
On Autonomy, Mr Ozigi was of the view that NCAA is not restricted in its regulatory oversight responsibilities in any way.The high point of the Rally was the presentation of the Union letter to DFA and this was thereafter presented to the DG for management review.