… Says Mgt. Will Tackle Issue Headlong
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has put in place a mechanism to address the lingering issue of harmonising the salaries and allowances of staff on its payroll with that of their colleagues in other agencies in the aviation sector.
The Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, revealed this in a town hall meeting held at the agency’s headquarters annex in Lagos.
He stated that although the issue of harmonisation was as old as the agency itself, there was the need to revisit it ,as it would boost staff morale and also increase productivity in the long run.
As a first bold step towards achieving harmonisation, Akinkuotu said management had constituted a committee headed by the Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services, Engr. Farouk Umar with “the mandate to take an look in-depth at the circumstance of harmonisation, cost of harmonisation, our ability to achieve harmonisation, the validity of whether we have been harmonised or not, and then make a report and present to management.”
He disclosed that the committee had already submitted the said report, assuring that management would immediately convene a meeting to “review the report in its totality and examine whether or not there is disparity. We will also discuss if we can pay for it and if not, how do we move this forward.”
He,however stated that after considering the report, another report would be prepared and presented to government for ratification.
Akinkuotu expressed optimism that even though the harmonisation issue had lingered for over 14 years, management was determined to tackle it headlong, stressing that “if we plug all the loopholes and cut down on some of the waste and be more prudent in our expenditure, we will make a little more money and it really shouldn’t be that difficult attaining harmonization.”
The NAMA boss,who tasked staff to be more dedicated to their duties noted that in line with the staff-oriented disposition of his administration, various promotions have been obtained across board for workers.
He reeled out some of the milestones of his administration to include: ongoing sectorisation of Lagos Sub-Flight Information Region (Sub-FIR), signing MOUs on the deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Multi-lateration, fast-tracking Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Automation among others
Speaking further Akinkuotu stated that civil works for five installations had been completed ahead of AIS Automation, just as he disclosed that arrangements were in top gear to enroll NAMA staff in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Akinkuotu also noted that management’s emphasis on capacity building has yielded positive result with the training of various categories of staff across different directorates and departments.
The town hall meeting, which was the second to be convened by Capt. Akinkuotu since his appointment afforded the NAMA helmsman and his management team the opportunity to field questions, interact with workers and feel the pulse of the agency.
Among the issues raised by staff were demands for a decent cafeteria at the headquarters, staff bus and the inclusion of pensioners in the harmonisation plan.