National Union of Air Traffic Employees, NUATE, has accused the management of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, of administrative recklessness in the recruitment of staff, refusal and failure to pay them monthly salaries for more than eight months.
Acting general secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Olu Abioye , in their reaction to the abnormally in NCAA, stated that the position of the Union was borne out of patriotism and profound concern for the continued well being of other Nigerians, who were considered worthy of being given employment opportunities to serve their fatherland through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and consistent with their avowed commitment to the growth and development of the industry.
In the words of comrade Abioye: “We are compelled to protest most vehemently against the administrative reckless ongoing at NCAA over the recruitment and consequent failure and negligence of the Management to approve payment of salaries to the affected staff more than eight months.
“For the avoidance of doubts, we wish to state herein that the recruitment of many male and female Nigerians into the employ of NCAA sometime last year was said to have violated extant rules upon which their appointments were ‘suspended’ in December 2014 on the orders of the then Minister of Aviation.
“After concerted efforts and interventions from some quarters, the Federal Ministry of Aviation vide its letter ref. FMA/NCAA.T.4555/S.6/T2/31 dated 27th April, 2015 directed that these individuals ‘be recalled with immediate effect’, consequent upon which the suspended employees were directed to report for duty immediately on receipt of their letter of recall, and thereafter reported to the Director of Human Recourses (NCAA) for further directives.”
Abioye noted that the management of NCAA, having responded to their recall and resumed duties at their various posts, a “regularisation interview” was conducted for the same Nigerians in June 2015 allegedly to correct and/ or regularize their employment.
According to him, “while we commend the Ministry for the foresight in its directives for the immediate recall of these hapless Nigerians, we can only be counted great as a nation when we allow due diligence dictate our attitude and action at all times. We shall be eternally appreciative of your positive action in this regard.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has denied the report that 100 employees were interviewed in Abuja without ministerial approval.
The Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman in his reaction to the reports said they were far from the truth.
According to him, he sought and obtained ministerial approval for renewal of contracts for 45 Aviation Safety Inspectors, ASI, whose contracts had expired.
Capt Usman said this was expedient to ensure the regulatory authority was adequately staffed and well armed to provide a robust safety oversight as statutorily required.
He said this same ministerial approval was granted to DG’s request to proactively beef up staff strength in some critical areas in the Authority; these are Medical Assessors, Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, ATC and additional Aviation Safety Inspectors, ASI – all totaling 33.
Capt. Usman recalled that during Federal Aviation Administration, FAA recertification and the International Civil Aviation Organisation , ICAO Audits, part of the Open Items was prerequisite of the technical manpower.
He said there is an impending ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, USOAP in November, 2015.The request and ministerial approval obtained is to ensure that Nigeria possesses adequate manpower to come out in flying colours again.
The DG also clarified issues arising from the non – payment of salaries to the staff that have been recalled and the outstanding ones yet to be recalled.
According to him, 113 applicants were employed before he assumed office. However, due to the impropriety of the employment, the minister directed that they should be relieved of their appointments.
After ceaseless agitations and representations, the decision was rescinded and they were recalled. At the process of documentation, it was discovered that there were irregularities and proper procedure was not adhered to.
The ministry, therefore, gave approval for a fresh interview for those who were not properly interviewed. After the exercise, those successful were recalled and have since commenced drawing salary from the authority.
On the other hand, 47 others are yet to be regularized, he said, explaining that the Authority is at the Federal Character Commission, FCC for procedural confirmation. It is at the end of this that appointment letters will be issued to the candidates, he added.
Capt. Usman reiterated that, NCAA is preparing adequately for the forthcoming USOAP Audit and all hands must be on deck to ensure Nigeria is successful.

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