Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has disclaimed media reports stating 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.
This was expedient to ensure the regulatory Authority was adequately staffed and well armed to provide a robust safety oversight as statutorily required.
In addition, 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 totalling 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 technical manpower.
He said there was an impending ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, USOAP, in November. The request and ministerial approval obtained was 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After ceaseless agitations and representations, the decision was rescinded and they were recalled.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 regularised. 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.