Sirika Intervenes In NCAA, Unions Organogram, CoS Brouhaha

* Aviation Unions with placards during the Aviation Unions Protest over their welfare at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

 

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said that the Minister of State (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika has invited the aviation unions to a meeting today to address organogram, approval of the new Condition of Service (COS) and inauguration of NCAA Boards issues raised by the aviation unions.

An online statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relation, Mr Sam Adurogboye said that aviation unions are presently on strike thereby disrupting services at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s (NCAA) offices.

The unions are demanding a review of the organisation’s organogram, approval of the new Condition of Service (COS) and inauguration of NCAA Boards.

NCAA in the statement explained that the issues raised by the unions are however not within the jurisdiction of the regulatory body’s management.As a result, NCAA stated that it would work with the supervising Ministry to ensure that all issues are properly addressed to the satisfaction of all parties, adding that the authority has absolute confidence that  the meeting between the minister and  the unions would provide amicable resolution.

* Gen. Sec., National Union of Air Transport Employees, (NUATE) Comrade Ocheme Aba, (right) addressing the Aviation workers during the Aviation Unions Protest over their welfare at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

NCAA appealed to aviation stakeholders, who were not able to access services at its offices today to remain calm as normalcy would be restored soon.

Aviation unions which comprises of : Air Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) had this morning disrupted activities at the NCAA headquarter, thereby preventing customers and stakeholders from moving in or out of the premises of the regulatory body.

Chairman, Lagos State Branch, National Union of Air Transport Employees, (NUATE), Comrade Shola Idowu, (right), addressing the Aviation workers during the Aviation Unions Protest over their welfare at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

A notice of strike signed by the jointly by the Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Mr Francis Akinjole, General Secretary, ANAP Mr Rasaq Saidu , General Secretary, NUATE, Mr Aba Ocheme and Deputy General Secretary, NAAPE, Mr Umoh Ofonime, said the move to go on strike was brought about following failure by the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) and the NCAA management to comply with the seven days ultimatum issued on May 13,2019

The unions further pointed out that the ultimatum to review the newly approved organogram was completely ignored by the Ministry, while the NCAA management reacted only with half-hearted measures.

“This means that no single item on the demand list has been ameliorated. Having therefore, exhausted all efforts and patience on the issues and left with no other option, our unions hereby direct all staff of NCAA to commence an indefinite industrial action with effect from 5 a.m. on May 22.

The unions warned that the situation would remain until the issues raided are looked into.

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