Dis­quiet over 5% re­mit­tance to AIB as ATSSSAN kicks

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Dis­quiet over the approval of five per cent of rev­enue gen­er­ated by the Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) to the Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AIB) con­tin­ues yes­ter­day with mem­bers of the Air Trans­port Ser­vices Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion (ATSSSAN) op­pos­ing the approval.

The approval of five per cent of Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice Charge (PSC) which is the money col­lected from each pas­sen­ger on do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional trav­els to an­other avi­a­tion agency has been gen­er­at­ing di­ver­gent views in the in­dus­try of late.

Daily Trust re­ports that a pas­sen­ger on a lo­cal trip pays N1000 and $50 on the in­ter­na­tional routes.

It was learnt that the approval of five per cent of PSC to AIB was granted by the Min­is­ter of State for Avi­a­tion, Se­na­tor Hadi Sirika even as AIB has jus­ti­fied the approval which it said would boost its ac­tiv­i­ties; some of which have been vir­tu­ally grounded due to paucity of funds.

But some FAAN work­ers are not happy with the de­vel­op­ment.

The FAAN branch Chair­man of ATSSSAN, Com­rade Dan­juma Ahmed noted that a rev­enue of that na­ture can­not be ap­proved for a sis­ter agency with­out re­course to the law. Be­sides, he added that by com­pelling FAAN to pay five per cent rev­enue to an­other agency, it is like adding to its burden as the agency al­ready re­mits 20 per cent of rev­enue to the fed­er­a­tion ac­count.

Be­sides, he pointed out that the agency, with over 6,700 work­ers and 4,000 pen­sion­ers, al­ready had huge wage bills, un­paid staff al­lowances and pen­sion en­ti­tle­ments.

Dan­juma said, “That is why we as a re­spon­si­ble union have said no to that; we strongly ob­ject it. We sin­cerely ac­knowl­edge the fact that AIB needs fund­ing but there are many ways through which the min­is­ter can get fund­ing for AIB.

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