Air Operators of Nigeria (AON) has called on the Federal Government to remove the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) from the civil service pay structure to enable the agency to attract adequate staff to protect the aviation industry.
AON made this call in a letter he wrote to the Senate on January 19, 2022 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
In the letter, AON insisted that the request immediately concerns the safety of the aviation industry.
AON explained that the NCAA was created to regulate the aviation industry and implement government policies in the industry and also enforce the safety standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure that industry operators meet expected safety requirements.
But the agency will only be able to do this if it attracts the right staff with solid technical know-how and to attract these particular skills, it must be willing to offer these staff attractive and competitive salaries.
“In order to effectively perform its important functions as outlined above, the NCAA must attract and engage a team of technically sound professionals in virtually all areas of aviation, including flight operations, engineering, safety inspectors, dispatchers, cabin managers, among others, in order to be able to carry out regular monitoring of the industry.
“Sir, however, it is sad to note that there is today a growing level of deficiency within the NCAA in the area of human capability due to its inability to attract and retain experienced industry professionals in due to its inadequate recruitment and compensation package compared to the offers they receive working for the airlines,” AON said.
Operators told the Senate that because of this situation, many inspectors are leaving the NCAA and the few who remain are unmotivated and barely enough to meet industry demands, adding that younger employees of the agency currently do not. have the required experience.
AON pointed out that this portends an immediate danger to flight safety and airline operations, as the few remaining hands are either too old and tired or too inexperienced to undertake proper and adequate oversight duties over airline operations. .
Operators noted that no country allows the salaries of its civil aviation authority to be determined by civil service rules.
“The safety challenges are real and must be addressed through legislation for the good of the industry and the safety of the lives of the flying public. Sir, there is therefore an urgent need to find a way to resolve this immediately the problem in order to prevent a possible impending disaster.
“AON therefore wishes to use this medium to respectfully request the National Assembly to urgently review the NCAA Establishment Act and immediately remove the agency from the public service salary structure so that the agency can attract candidates urgently need experts for security reasons,” AON insisted.
Its chairman, Abdulmunaf Yunusa Salina, signed the AON’s letter to the Senate.