…..ANAP calls for sack and replacement of ..
….take pension scheme seriously….naape urges
As Aviation unions get ready to celebrate Workers’ Day tomorrow , they have charged the newly elected members of the 9th Assembly to as a matter of urgency on assumption of duty pass the Anti-Corruption Bill into law in order to save Nigerians and it workers from untold hardship.
Speaking on the Workers’ Day celebration in Lagos, the Secretary General, Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals ANAP, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, said there was urgent need to tackle corruption to save civil servants in the country.
According to Saidu, workers have continued to bear the brunt as politicians have continued to milk the resources of the nation, stressing that the country needed to be sanitized.
He noted that companies sold by the previous governments such as the National Shipping Line, National Electricity Power Authority among others were sold to enrich very few Nigerians and called for their reversal.
He frowned on the poor handling of the National Health Insurance Scheme and the National Housing Fund, describing it as conduit pipes for some people in various agencies to defraud innocent workers.
“They are talking about national health insurance, it has not been seriously practiced for Nigerian worker to benefit, the national housing fund, they deduct workers money but not remitted, few people are using it to build gigantic estates in Abuja and elsewhere. The contributory pension scheme is an eyesore; the people that contributed it are not allowed and have not been able to benefit from that one”.
The ANAP scribe who described the minimum wage for Nigerian workers as inadequate, noted that it would be difficult for parents to meet up with school fees for their children as a result of privatization of schools in the country.
On the aviation sector, Saidu called for the sack and replacement of all the heads of agencies in the industry to give the agencies a new lease of life.
He noted that conspiracy remained the greatest problem in the aviation sector especially in the ministry as they failed to order the payment of debts owed the various agencies especially the FAAN.
Saidu lamented that despite directive from the President that Boards of agencies be inaugurated, the minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika had disobeyed the directive saying it was abuse of office.
“This is disrespect to the President, Commander in Chief”.
He blamed the ministry for undue interference in the running of the activities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority warning, that the autonomy of the regulatory was being threatened.
” I blame the ministry for interference, the autonomy of NCAA is being threatened by the activities of the ministry. The regulation body is week and airlines increase fares at will”
On the access gate at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, he called for the immediate review of the agreement with the concessionaire to reflect on the current challenges on ground.
According to to him, the volume of traffic at the access gate had increased and the contract needed to be re-negotiated.
He commended aviation workers for their contributions to the development of the sector and charge them not to relent in the struggle to create better working environment.
President, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE, Comrade Abenego Galadima pray government to create an enabling environment that would stimulate business activities for employers of labour in the industry to break even.
He noted that if operators business thrives, the employees would benefit fully and would be motivated to do their job efficiently
“What we are praying government is to help them so that the business environment will thrive for them so that they will be able to pay these our members”.
Galadima also called on the operators to ensure the pay package of their staff were adequate and paid promptly.
“We want to call on the airline operators to increase the pay package, it’s not measuring up, most importantly to us as labour is not just salary but the issue of the working condition of service and the package, that’s is what is important to us”.
The NAAPE President expressed disappointment at the non-implementation of the contributory pension scheme by many airlines in the industry, adding that it was a requirement of the law and should be taken seriously.
“A number of them have not taken this contributory pension scheme seriously, it is the law of the land but most of them are defaulting on that, I want to call on them to please look into it and make sure that their good judgment prevails”.