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NCAA Denies Interviewing Workers Without Ministerial Approval

Posted: Sep 7, 2015 at 3:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe, Lagos

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied interviewing over a 100 employees in Abuja without ministerial approval.

NCAA’s reaction following petition by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) one of the major unions in the aviation industry to the Permanent Secretary, Aviation Ministry, Mrs Binta Bello alleging that NCAA had refused to pay the salaries of over 100 staff that were recalled in June 2015   and for also allegedly recruiting and interviewing over 100 new staff without ministerial approval in Abuja.

The petition which was signed by the Acting General Secretary, Comrade Olayinka Abioye and made available to journalists alleged that the affected workers had not been paid eight months salaries despite the fact that their appointments had been regularised in June 2015 by the regulatory authority.

The Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman, who said this yesterday while, reacting to allegation that NCAA recruited over 100 in Abuja without ministerial approval, added that those making this allegation were far from the truth.

He informed that he sought and obtained ministerial approval for renewal of contracts for 45 Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) whose contracts had expired, adding that the move  was expedient to ensure the regulatory authority was adequately staffed and well armed to provide a robust safety oversight as statutorily required.

In addition, he stated that this same ministerial approval was granted to DG’s request to proactively beef up staff strength in some critical areas in the authority such as medical assessors, engineers, Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and additional Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) totaling 33.

Usman recalled that during Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) re-certification and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audits part of the open items was prerequisite technical manpower.