BUSI­NESS Anx­i­ety in NCAA, NiMet over merger

Daily Trust - - AVIATION - By Daniel Adugbo

The rec­om­mended merger of three paras­tatals un­der the min­istry of avi­a­tion by the Federal Govern­ment is caus­ing ap­pre­hen­sion among mem­bers of staff and man­age­ment of the agencies.

The Federal Govern­ment had, last week, ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Steven Oron­saye-led Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on the Re­struc­tur­ing and Ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of pulic paras­tatals, com­mis­sions and agencies, that the Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA), the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) and the Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NiMeT) be merged into a new body known as Federal Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (FCAA).

Daily Trust learnt that the work­ers were par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about their jobs which they feared may be af­fected by the merger.

While most tech­ni­cal work­ers of the NCAA are hope­ful of re­tain­ing their jobs, staff in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, fi­nance/ac­count de­part­ments and other sup­port­ing staff in both agencies felt they could be re­trenched.

Also, staffers in the se­nior/man­age­ment cadre in both agencies also fret about their jobs. Part of the im­pli­ca­tions of the merger is that some of the di­rec­tors and other high rank­ing of­fi­cials in these three agencies would be af­fected by the merger in or­der to avoid the du­pli­ca­tion of their of­fices.

Al­though in­dus­try stake­hold­ers have kicked against the planned merger, govern­ment said the en­abling laws es­tab­lish­ing the agencies would be amended to re­flect the new de­vel­op­ment.

Some staffers who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity from the re­gional of­fice of the NCAA and the head­quar­ters of NiMeT, both lo­cated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Abuja, ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion over the de­vel­op­ment, ap­peal­ing to govern­ment to re­scind its de­ci­sion on the merger.

Some NCAA work­ers who lamented that they were only re­cruited just three years ago, also called for an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion.

They said govern­ment must not let the merger stand in the in­ter­est of the sec­tor and be­cause the agency is one of the top rev­enue gen­er­at­ing agencies in the avi­a­tion sec­tor in Nigeria.

“The pres­i­dent has been clam­our­ing for job cre­ation, so down­siz­ing now means he is not keep­ing to his words” an NCAA staffer said.

Mem­bers of staff of NiMeT who were seen go­ing about their nor­mal daily ac­tiv­i­ties, de­clined to make any com­ment when asked to do so.

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