Amid the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) strike action which is expected to commence on Tuesday, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all members of staff to report to their duty post.
The aviation regulatory warned that failure to comply will be taken as sabotage of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).
In a circular with reference NCAA/DHR&A/03/1549/1/163/, signed by Director, Human Resources and Administration, NCAA, Wakil Adamu, dated September 4, 2023, and entitled, “Circular letter to all aviation workers with regards to the notice of NLC two day nationwide warning strike”, stated that the importance of the ongoing audit in the aviation industry should not be overemphasized.
Meanwhile, one of the aviation unions have opted out of the two days has opted out of the two-day warning strike called by NLC.
The decision of the union to opt out of the two-day warning strike according to the Secretary General of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Abdurazaq Saidu, was taken after a review of the internal situation in the industry and the consequences, and to protect Nigeria from being sanctioned by the global aviation body.
Saidu told Aviation Metric that the aviation union decided not to comply fully with the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC so that the ICAO auditors already in the country would be able to carry out their assignment without disruption.
“NLC NEC has taken the decision and directed all affiliates to mobilise for the two-day warning strike beginning from Tuesday.
“In line with the directive of the NEC NLC, We have issued a circular to that effect in the aviation industry. However, after a wide range of consultations in that regard, and considering the volatile and international nature of the aviation industry and best practices, we have discovered that the warning strike will negatively affect the ongoing audit of aviation facilities in the country.”
“In view of this development, we cannot allow the disruption of the ongoing 10-day audit to cause Nigeria to be sanctioned by the international aviation body.
“Therefore, all normal activities, regarding Aviation business should continue uninterrupted.”
The ANAP scribe who regretted the consequences of the withdrawal of its members from the planned industrial action would cause NLC said, ” We are pained and feel sorry that in this circumstance aviation industry will not fully comply with the NLC directive on the two-day warning strike.”