Trouble looms in aviation sector over appointments, promotions

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On Tuesday, workers in the Nigeria aviation industry picketed Regional offices of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA nationwide. The action is the culmination of the protests by the workers over what they described as impunity by the management of NCAA on the issues of promotion and appointments of top management staff without regard to the sensitive nature of the sector.

The workers had in a letter dated 20 June to the Director General/CEO NCAA warned of an impending labour crisis over failure to appropriately promote staff who not only passed the last promotion exercise conducted by the Authority, but also posses other qualifications necessary for it.

In the petition titled, Demand For Outstanding Promotion Letters For Deserving Staff Within One Week-Avoid Imminent Labour Crisis, the workers under the aegis of National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, said they are compelled to draw the attention of the Management to the unwholesome and unacceptable outcome of the last promotion exercise which has left several suitably qualified members of staff out of being promoted in spite  of the fact that they qualified for to be invited for such promotion exercise, sat for same and passed their relevant examinations and other ancillary criteria thereto.

The workers had complained about the management’s promotion of a few out of ‘meritorious lot’ that ought to have benefitted, thereby creating mental agonies, and anxiety within the NCAA,” in the letter signed by Olayinka Olu Abioye, General Secretary, NUATE.   Specifically,  the workers had accused management of indulging in nepotism and favouritism in violation of NCAA’s Scheme of Service in carrying out the promotion.

For example, the workers claimed that out of five workers who passed the examination in a particular department, only one was given a promotion letter. In the same vein, they also complained of the situation in which a worker who has been an AGM since 2008 was promoted to DGM, effective 2017.

The workers argued that given the fact that the scheme of service stipulated a maximum of four years at a position, the promotion of the staff should have been backdated to 2011. The Management purposely did this to avoid payment of promotion arrears, said a senior staff who spoke to this magazine.

Yet, the workers contended in the petition that the denial of promotion to workers is not due to lack of vacancy at the top. Rather, they accused the management of NCAA of playing ‘politics’  by neglecting to promote workers who have grown within the system for outsiders, most of whom did not even have the prerequisite qualifications for appointment into positions in the Authority.

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