Retirees under the umbrella of the National Union of Pensioners, NUP, in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has severe ties with the NUP over alleged poor handling of matters concerning their welfare.
To this end, the retirees have now pitched tent with a newly formed union called the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association’ of Nigeria (FEPPPAN).
Speaking with reporters in Lagos, the Vice president, Lagos zone, Engr. Kester Omotayo said their decision to leave NUP was due to irreconcilable differences.
According to Engr. Omotayo, in NAMA, a new body known as Airspace Management Pensioners of Nigeria (AMPAN) has been formed and registered as an affiliate of FEPPPAN.
He stated that FEPPPAN is a fusion of pensioners in NAMA and others in government parastatals and like minded esteemed friends and Pensioners from Private Sectors.
“Consistent with extant rules and policies, we are happy to inform you all that having pulled out of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners and aligning ourselves with FEPPAN at the Federal level, we have formed a new body known and addressed as the AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (AMPAN) to serve as our Union and an affiliate of FEPPPAN.”
Omotayo said the monopoly of the NUP had finally been broken by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment through the Registrar of Trade Unions, the appropriate government organs authorized to legalize such bodies.
“You may wish to know that the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN) is under the leadership of Chief Temple C. Ubani as President General, Engr. Kester Omotayo, our own NAMA National Chairman serves as the National Vice President General, Lagos Zone while Mr. Franklin Erinle is the General Secretary.”
While seeking for individual and collective understanding and support, he enjoined the management of NAMA and members across the country to join hands with the executives for the continued success of the union.
Omotayo assured that the new body of FEPPPAN planned to work together with management and staff to prepare a functional, conducive and welcoming platform for existing workers.
“This becomes necessary as we intend to work together to prepare a functional, conducive and welcoming platform for existing workers, so that when the time comes for your retirement, you will be joining a family organization where love abounds.”
About 76 parastatals across the country are members while presently, NAMA has about 500 with delegates conference scheduled for next week Thursday where the first executive members will be elected to run the affairs of the association.