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NLC seeks Senate’s consideration of workers in proposed FAAN new name

The Nigerian Senate has assured the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) of its unwavering support and consideration of the union on the federal government’s plan to change the nomenclature of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to Federal Airports Administration of Nigeria (FAAN) with the same acronym.

The assurance was given as President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, on Tuesday, led his colleagues to a meeting with the Senate Committee on Aviation led by Senator Smart Adeyemi. The meeting which was held at the National Assembly was to enable the leadership of the organised Labour explained its position on the six Executive Bills for the Aviation sector.

Amongst the bills being considered which have been subjected to the public hearing were “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and to Enact the Civil Aviation Act for the Regulation of Civil Aviation in Nigeria and for Other Related Matters, “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Act and to Enact the Nigerian Aviation Technology Act to provide for its organisation, control and operation and for related Matters. Also included is a Bill for an Act to repeal the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency Act for the purpose of providing effective Air Navigation.”

The NLC President, while putting forward the positions of the union said the proposal to change the nomenclature in FAAN to administration was suspicious. In his words, “Removing authority from FAAN is not only suspicious but mischievous. An attempt to remove authority from FAAN can only suggest an attempt to remove the management of FAAN from possibly government control and ownership by the people.

It would enable the promoter of concessions to consummate their plans. It will take many Nigerians out of the labour market.” Adeyemi in response assured that the interest of labour will be put into consideration, explaining that he was once in the labour struggle and thus have firsthand knowledge of what such could do to workers.

As part of efforts to ensure that Nigeria has just one regulator in the aviation industry, it has been proposed that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN), would undergo a change of nomenclature to the Federal Airports Administration of Nigeria (FAAN) This is just as the authority is seeking to amend or enact Bills that should aid the agency in security as well as legal representations going forward. NLC however, threw its weight behind the nine-month-old industrial action embarked upon by public university lecturers under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Ayuba Wabba, who spoke with newsmen after meeting with the Senate Committee on Aviation, said the prolonged ASUU strike has the full backing of the congress. According to him, the lecturers’ strike over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) also include the unresolved 2009 collective bargaining agreement between the federal government and the union. He said: “A lot of issues are contained in the agreement which has not been implemented. The process of dialogue is ongoing. We have tried to give our own side of how the issue could be resolved including giving inputs and writing of letters and we would continue to do that.

“The sooner it is resolved, the better for all of us because an idle mind certainly is a devil’s workshop. Clearly speaking, I think it should be a priority if the issues are resolved so that we could get our wards back to school. On the recent fuel hike, the NLC boss stressed that the congress has made its position known to the government while its next line of action would soon be made public.

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