…As Association’s 3rd Quadrennial National Delegates Conference Begins
It is battle royal at Ijebu Ode, the venue of the 3rd Quadrennial National Delegates Conference with the theme, “Challenges and Prospects of Labour Unions in the Aviation Industry In COVID-19 Era”, as the current National President of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association(ATSSSAN), Comrade Ahmadu Illitrus of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Comrade Ahmed Danjuma of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN),lock horns at the polls to elect who becomes the next president of the association.
This is just as ATSSSAN also decides today who becomes members of the national executives at the venue of 3rd Quadrennial National Delegates Conference
AbelNews learnt that already that both men contesting for the position of the president who holds senior management positions in the two agencies are reading making promises like typical Nigerian politicians.
Other candidates contesting for executive positions at tonight’s poll include Comrades Emmanuel Jaja, Adekoya Olasupo Adegbola, Olaonipekun Olaniran and Tijani Ademola who are all gunning for the 1st two National Deputy President positions.
Also vying for the 2 National Vice President seats are : Ayegbusi Olajide, Akingbogu Adekoya, Anthony Ogbuji and the only female contestant, Vera Egbukichi will slug it out to see those who clinched the positions .
Other positions are national treasurer, national auditor, financial secretary, national woman leader as well as national trustee and ex-officios.
Meanwhile, campaigns for the various national executive positions are its peak ahead of tonight’s election in Ijebu-Ode, where the union members, other sister union officials, electoral committee officials and election monitors are converging .
Presently, last minute campaigns are still ongoing as foot soldiers of the two Presidential candidates were seen campaigning vigorously to woo voters to his principal’s side armed with manifestos, while making promises .
Campaigning, the incumbent President, Comrade Illitrus said he is coming to consolidate on the massive achievements his administration made in the last four years plus.
Hr added that his administration in the last four years has done a lot in most aspects of the workers welfare.
“You will be shocked to know that we have signed a record condition of service in the life of ATSSSAN within this period despite the challenges of COVID19. There were some of our affiliates that had no severance benefits in the last 10 years. No improvements on their CoS. We made promises to them which we achieved. We have signed in Arik Air, NCAT, SAHCO, Bi-Courtney, NCAA and others. I can go on and on, on the issue of the welfare of our members.
The current President disclosed that his administration inherited a N25 million liability and unresolved staff issues.
“We have paid the debts as at today and we have resolved all the issues at our staff secretariat. We equally inherited the entitlement of two sessions of the National administrative officers that were left unpaid. We have paid the entitlement for the National officers for the last four years. If I leave ATSSSAN today, I am leaving free of all liabilities,” he said
He affirmed his chances of re-election as the President,saying, “I will be elected because my work speaks for me. Our people have seen what we have done and we have always run an all inclusive government. We will heal the wounds post election.”
On his part, Illitrus Challenger, Comrade Ahmed stated categorically that he has a five point agenda for aviation workers, if elected as the National President.
He listed the agenda to include installation of democracy in ATSSSAN, capacity building/training of members, rejuvenation/strengthening of ATSSSAN national secretariat, teamwork and restoration of ATSSSAN glory.
Ahmed also promised to strengthen all the branches in such a manner that they have a say on issues.
“It is our belief that if we democratise ATSSSAN, where issues of branches are taken seriously. We will go a long way in making a better ATSSSAN,” he said.
He promised to carry all the branches along when issues concerning them are brought for resolution,assuring that his leadership will listen to superior arguments at all times.
“We want to rejuvenate and strengthen our national secretariat. ATSSSAN members are not happy how ATSSSAN is being run at the secretariat level. There are branches and units that are not given the opportunity to function.
” We need to bring back the glory that ATSSSAN is known for in the industry. ATSSSAN has lost focus over this period. It is no longer the same. We need to bring back the strength the union has,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed promised to use dialogue, engagement and interactive measures to resolve issues whenever any arises in any of their branches,adding that no leader can achieve success in isolation
Recalled that the incumbent President Comrade, Ahmadu Ilitrus was declared the National President of the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN)in January 27, 2017, after he pulled 61 votes to beat his closest rival, Comrade, Chukwu Emmanuel of NCAA also in Ijebu-Ode.