NAMA to disengage 232 more staffs before the end of 2015

NAMA-Nigerian-Airspace-Management-AgencyIndications emerged over the weekend that no fewer than 232 staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, would be disengaged before end of this+- year.

Staffers to be disengaged are those who have put in the maximum 35 years service and those who have reached the mandatory 60 years age of retirement, according to civil service rule.

National Mirror gathered that most of those to be affected are professionals and technical staff of the agency. However, stakeholders and professionals are worried that there is no adequate preparation for their replacement by management of the agency.

About four of NAMA’s staff would be affected by the tenure policy of maximum eight years for staff who have reached level 17 in service.

Besides, apart from NAMA, investigations showed that other agencies like the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria, will also lose hundreds of staff within the year.

Also, a source close to the ministry of aviation confided in our correspondent that in the next four years several people between the ages of 45 and 50 years old may be retrenched from the agency due to tenure policy adopted by the Federal Government on the agency and FAAN.

Investigations further revealed that no fewer than 100 Air Traffic Controllers, ATCs, in the agency would be laid off before end of the year, while others are in Legal, Information Communication Technology, ICT, Communications and Medical, among others.

Already, the ATC are short-staffed with only 300 personnel manning over 30 airports and airstrips across the country, while its umbrella body, the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association, NATCA, just last week Saturday threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over inadequate personnel.

But, Acting General Manager, Public Affairs, NAMA, Mrs. Adejumoke Adetona, who could not confirm the development, however, said there are enough capable hands in the system to fill the vacant positions.

Speaking with our correspondent on phone, Adetona insisted that vacuum would not be created over the retirement of officers who had spent the required years in the industry. -NaionalMirror

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