Unions laud Najomo’s giant strides in aviation

Unions in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA (NCAA) have lauded the Acting Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Chris Najomo, saying he has brought hope to a beleaguered aviation sector.

The NCAA branch unions of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) said the authority has witnessed a significant improvement in workers’ welfare, technical achievements, and industrial peace.

In a chat with newsmen during the celebration of Workers Day in Lagos, Remi Aderinkomi, chairman (ATSSSAN) NCAA branch,  noted that Captain Najomo’s leadership style is characterized by his ability to listen to the concerns of workers and take concrete steps to address them, adding that, his commitment to the welfare of staff is evident in the numerous initiatives he has undertaken to improve their working conditions.

He listed some of the notable achievements under Captain Najomo’s leadership to include: prevailing on foreign airlines to reduce ticket fares and support for Air Peace to launch the Lagos-London route.

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Others are, liberalising the registration and issuance of certificates for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs and drones, restarting audit-compliant airlines like Max Air, and achieving excellent results in the ICAO security audit and Industrial Peace.

“His agenda aligns with our Aviation Minister’s developmental agenda for Nigeria aviation which has workers welfare as one of the priority areas. The Acting DG NCAA, Captain Chris Najomo has been working assiduously and is doing a beautiful job of redeeming the whole of our members in NCAA as well as all the workers of aviation”.

Aderinkomi emphasized that Najomo has fostered a culture of collaboration and understanding between management and workers, leading to increased productivity and efficiency.

“I want to advise every faceless and offshore blogger and reporters who are trying to destroy Najomo’s towering image that they should learn and drop all their antics because we the workers in NCAA, we are solidly behind Captain Najomo”.

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He added, “We the workers, challenge everyone to conduct an assessment on the leadership of Captain Najomo, anyone can discreetly talk to NCAA workers or to any aviation worker, whether in the public sector or the private sector, to gain further insight into the compassionate personality of Captain Najomo that we are talking about here”.

Similarly, Comrade Diepreye Stephen, Chairman, NAAPE, NCAA branch, said, the staff expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable strides made by the Acting DG and his management team.

According to him, Captain Najomo has made it clear that the welfare of staff is his top priority and ensured the payment of arrears owed workers for a long time which has brought joy to the staff.

On workers’ welfare, he said, NCAA workers are happy because of the payment of rent arrears, continuation of the wage award and improvement in the welfare of contract staff.

Others he said are, increment of contract staff salary through the implementation of the Conditions of Service, CoS, resolution of promotion issues, backlog of rent and allowance, and continuous payment of wage award Payment of 2024 housing allowance.

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“As soon as he came he said, my staff, your welfare is my welfare as well. He did not end there, our rent arrears have been owed for long, he moved to the minister and got his approval, but as I speak to you right now, he ensured everybody has been paid their rent arrears and this has brought a lot of joy to the staffs”.

The NAAPE chairman, NCAA branch also praised the open-door policy of the current Management which has allowed staff to express their concerns and suggestions that have led to a significant improvement in the resolution of staff welfare issues.

Wole Shadare

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