Aviation unions to shut down NCAA over promotion delay

Daily Nigerian

Aviation industry unions led by the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, are set to protest against the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, on Wednesday over the non-release of promotion letters to all members of staff.

The union said staff of the agency sat for and passed the last promotion exercise, but the management has continued to withhold the list.

A source close to one of the unions on said that the unions were prepared to shut down the aviation regulatory agency on Wednesday, July 19.

The source said that all entreaties to the Director-General of the NCAA, Muhtar Usman, to effect the promotion failed.

He said that the leadership of the NCAA failed to respond to any of the letters written to it by the industry unions, which necessitated the planned picketing of the agency this coming Wednesday.

“Our leaderships at the national level have told us to be prepared for total grounding of NCAA this Wednesday. It seems the Director-General in NCAA has made up his minds not to listen to the demands of the unions, which is primarily on staff welfare.

“How can someone sit down for an examination, pass, and yet the Director-General will use his fiat to say they should not be promoted, not because of lack of money, but because he felt they came from a particular region of the country while some who are not qualified are given accelerated promotion?

“This bias against some staff of the organization was what led to the death of one of our staff last month. This thing has to stop. We need to put a stop to it,” the source said.

The unions, in a petition signed by the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, had demanded for, among other things, the release of promotion letters of all members of staff who sat for and passed the last promotion examination in the agency.

The unions also accused the agency’s management of favoritism and engagement of unqualified personnel from outside the industry.

The petition also alleged that the management, via a letter to the Ministry of Aviation, said it would only promote one out of five staff who sat for and passed the promotional test.

The union insisted that such maltreatment of workers would not be tolerated by it and urged the management to resolve the promotional issue without favoritism.