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FAAN Mgt. places workers’ welfare, other incentives on the front burner

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Capt Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, Managing Director/CEO, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

Junior officers on Grade level 1 to 6, in the employment of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, will from this Month of March 2021, begin to be paid along with their salaries and wages their Outfit and Child Education allowances.

This and few other labour issues were resolved over the weekend at a meeting presided by the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu, between the management of FAAN and the workers’ unions namely, National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, Association Nigerian Aviation Professionals, ANAP, and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP.

FAAN management also reassured the leadership of the unions that it will maintain the existing agreement reached with the leadership of cooperatives to effect monthly remittances on cooperative deductions.

The management also put the mind of the unions leaders at rest over the furniture grant which it said the payment to staff will continue in April 2021.

Union leaders were also informed that the Admin and Human Resources had concluded plans to conduct the 2021 Promotion Examination on or before the 2nd week of April 2021.

On the unions demand that the Pension Commission, PENCOM, be intimated that staff employed before the 2004 Pension Reform Act, be allowed to retire on Defined Benefit Scheme, DBS, the Managing Director/CEO immediately constituted a committee to work out the modality and submit their report by Thursday, 18th March 2021.

Recalled that most of these allowances and workers cooperative contributions among others were encumbered since about the middle of last year, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which brought travel, especially air transport to its very knees.

As result of this fact, most governments worldwide designed its own measures to assuage the losses suffered in each of the aviation value chain. Airports, airlines, ground handlers and others in the value chain were given various forms of intervention to assist in workers wage bill, tax holiday, rescheduling of bank loans payment among others.

However, a meagre N5billion was offered few operator in air transport industry. For example in Nigeria those who actually benefited were the airlines, though not all of them, ground handlers, Limousine car hire service providers, among others.

Airport operators, both publicly and privately managed, cargo handlers, aviation and airport news publishers and the body that superintend over the aviation and import industry development, the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents, LAAC, are yet to benefit from any form of palliative despite the death-dealing blows members suffered from the scourge.

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