The National Union of Air Transport Workers (NUATE) has raised an fright over an alleged battle of hobby between the Ministry of Aviation and the Property Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) over the call that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) must peaceable no longer give the latter’s contemporary airline – NG Eagle – its air working certificate.
NUATE Secretary-Traditional, Ocheme Aba, who raised the anguish on Wednesday at a press convention in Lagos, known as for the intervention of the Presidency in the dispute.
In accordance with him, the ministry appears jittery that NG Eagle might perchance well simply truncate the establishing of a national carrier promised Nigerians by the display veil administration as the clock is hasty ticking on the mission.
Aba stated that AMCON become on the verge of creating NG Eagle out of Arik Air which become indebted to the authorities to the tune of N300 billion which necessitated the resources managers purchase over the poisonous cash owed.
He added that the ministry, which become additionally perfecting plans to procedure up Nigeria Eagle, feared AMCON’s airline might perchance well purchase the shine over the one promised by the authorities.
In his response, the spokesman for the ministry, Dr James Odaudu, stated the union’s allegations had been baseless.
He stressed out that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, become by no methodology against the institution of any non-public carrier.
Moderately, Odaudu outlined that Sirika has continuously encouraged folks to put money into the airline replace, announcing this has resulted in many contemporary entrants into the aviation sector.
The minister, in step with him, has additionally given NCAA a free hand to waste its duties with out interference.
NON-ISSUANCE OF AOC TO NG EAGLE: A CALL FOR INTERVENTION OF THE PRESIDENCY
Which it’s doubtless you’ll well also simply rob that the Affiliation of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the FAAN Department of Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) did anguish a joint press observation by blueprint of which they urged the NCAA no longer to anguish AOC to launch-up airline, NG Eagle.
Their foundation for that become their anguish that Arik Air become remodeling itself to NG Eagle and would thereby damage out its heavy indebtedness to FAAN and other aviation agencies. They insinuated that Property Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), the Receiver Supervisor of Arik Air, become the utilization of the resources of the Airline to streak NG.
The above-talked about press observation has now transmuted into a petition by ANAP to the National Assembly Home Committee on Aviation on which foundation the Committee Chairman has asked (some notify directed) the NCAA to carry issuance of AOC to NG Eagle.
The Honourable Chairman become of the idea that the Federal Government would lose earnings if Arik failed to pay its debt to FAAN in the assemble of 25 per cent statutory remittance to the Federal Government by FAAN.
Files readily accessible to NUATE, then again, means that the anguish of indebtedness of Arik Air to FAAN and the NCAA is finest a smokescreen. It is some distance known that the particular anguish is the politics of a up to date national carrier.
Indications are that there might perchance be the phobia on the side of the Minister of Aviation that AMCON has positioned its contemporary airline, NG Eagle, to metamorphose into a national carrier, whereas the Honourable Minister has been labouring for the previous six years to assemble one which he has named Nigeria Eagle.
As AMCON and the Ministry are every agencies of the Federal Government, there might perchance be clearly no possibility of the 2 airways working side by side as national carriers. The dread is that if NG Eagle succeeds, then the Nigeria Eagle mission might perchance well perchance be jettisoned. That methodology no doubt one of the significant airways must bulge. This, we perceive, is the crux of the matter.
This does no longer in any methodology downplay the significance of Arik’s indebtedness to FAAN and others. If something, it means that there is a pressing must earn a resolution to Arik’s heavy pile of money owed. The above anguish has pitted FAAN and NCAA on the one hand against AMCON on the opposite hand.
NCAA and FAAN are parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, while AMCON is a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Finance and is additionally supervised by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN). The two Ministers, the CBN Governor, and the heads of the opposite agencies are all senior officers of the Executive arm of the Federal authorities of Nigeria.
Therefore, this executive fiasco alludes to the failure of the executive to position its home in repeat. This unfortunately paints a picture of a authorities at battle with itself. And if this battle isn’t any longer fleet introduced to an waste, we anguish that the aviation sector of the national economy will suffer dire penalties, especially at the moment that the sphere goes by blueprint of a burdensome time grappling with the remarkable negative impression of the receding coronavirus pandemic.
The indispensable cause of this press convention, due to this fact, is to call the Presidency which is the apex of the Executive Arm of Government to responsibility over this serious illness in repeat to avert a serious mishap in the aviation sector.
In negate, NUATE hereby calls on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Chief of Workers to the President (CoS) to urgently intervene in these issues and facilitate an rapid ceasefire and chart a path to progress on the sensitive points.
We must always resort to this public medium, in preference to non-public communication, to manufacture this plea which capacity of it’s some distance our belief that the public must peaceable help from told positions on the matter. Moreover, there is no longer any gainsaying the proven fact that the matter is already correctly all over the public area.
Why is the intervention of the Presidency wanted and pressing?1. Resulting from it’s some distance severe to avert a chaotic waste to Arik Air.
It is some distance already all over the public area that AMCON is at the moment executing receivership administration over Arik Air as ordained by a professional court since 2016. This got here about by the Airline’s insolvency as a outcomes of a heavy debt pile.
At the closing depend, Arik Air’s debt burden is in the location of three hundred billion Naira, whereas the Airline’s resources are worth finest about half of of its complete cash owed. What this methodology is that Arik Air is unable to pay its cash owed. And it’s no longer any longer going to below any conditions. This will doubtless be a true proven fact that might perchance well no longer be altered by the denial of AOC to NG Eagle.
The purpose here is that Arik Air or AMCON can no longer elevate N19B being demanded by FAAN and the NCAA. And it’s some distance honestly unhelpful to assemble enmity with FAAN or NCAA for Arik Air or AMCON for the reason that Airline will continuously need the toughen of the 2 Companies to continue to exist.
Therefore, these proposing that AMCON’s NG Eagle’s AOC must peaceable be on help till Arik Air’s cash owed are settled are finest pushing AMCON to the wall; and that’s against liquidation. Fascinated by the airline’s low worth when when put next with its gargantuan cash owed, liquidation will consequence in a chaotic waste to Arik Air in which all events will doubtless be losers. This might perchance well perchance peaceable be shunned by all methodology.
Therefore, the intervention of the Presidency is obligatory to foster working out on the anguish of indebtedness of Arik Air to FAAN and other Government agencies with a notice to helping AMCON to continue with its rescue efforts in the Airline which is the finest possibility for now to safeguard all interests.
2. Resulting from jobs matter.
Must there be a chaotic waste to Arik Air by methodology of liquidation, the workers would depend amongst the finest losers. Which it’s doubtless you’ll well also very correctly be all witnesses to the untold hardship that came about ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways after the Airline become unceremoniously liquidated by the Obasanjo regime in 2014.
It took an intervening period of twenty years and spanned four governments – the governments of Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan and Buhari – earlier than the hapless workers began to fetch some reprieve in phrases of their terminal advantages. No person must peaceable be so depraved as to desire a identical trip for Arik workers.
Therefore, the intervention of the Presidency is urgently obligatory to grant AMCON the location to continue to present protection to the employment of over two thousand staff. This might perchance well perchance also simply additionally earn the cash for the Unions and the Management to negotiate severance advantages for Arik workers; a path of that’s at the moment at concluding stages.
In the identical methodology, denial of AOC to NG Eagle will shut out twenty thousand doubtless jobs for Nigerians, along with the alternative for a cheap alternative of Arik Workers to migrate to the contemporary Airline.
This might perchance well perchance be very heart-broken indeed. The pleaded intervention by the Presidency will avert this form of catastrophe. And for NUATE as a replace union, this is exceedingly essential. We feel all replace unions, at the side of ANAP, must relish the identical notice.
3. Since the integrity of NCAA must peaceable be protected by all methodology.
One in all the finest casualties of this imbroglio is the apparent desecration of the holiest procedure in aviation, the NCAA, being the regulator of the replace. Political actors relish ceased the stage to interfere and dictate to the Authority on whom to and whom no longer to anguish certificates.
This has completely denigrated the NCAA and whittled its autonomy or independence granted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act. If this farce succeeds and NG Eagle is denied AOC no matter meeting all necessities, nonetheless forces launch air NCAA says otherwise, it’d be a foul precedent able to tumbling your total replace and wiping out the total positive aspects in security and world recognition executed over the previous years.
Therefore, the intervention of the Presidency is urgently obligatory to avert the flight of integrity out of the NCAA processes by assuring that finest technical points stated by Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs), as were already met to our data, dictate the issuance of AOC to NG Eagle.
In our humble notice, the stakes are too high for our Nation to enable folks’ hobby to jeopardise national hobby, especially as one more spherical of Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Safety Audit and United States of The usa Category One certification beckon.
4. Resulting from AMCON wants praise, no longer vilification.
It is some distance on anecdote that the intervention of AMCON in aviation has executed two essential aims. By pursuing a rescue, in preference to liquidation, of Arik Air and Aero Contractors when it become if truth be told more straightforward to liquidate, AMCON has saved or protected thousands of jobs and saved the replace from sudden collapse.
For this, the corporate must peaceable be praised, no longer vilified. The obvious gang up against the hobby of AMCON represented by the withholding of AOC to NG Eagle amounts to a repudiation of the gratitude that the aviation family owes AMCON. And NUATE is if truth be told shy by this.
As you all might perchance well simply rob, throughout the period of failing of some severe banks equivalent to Keystone, the intervention of AMCON in the banking sector then become to present protection to the depositors, no longer the wayward owners of the banks. By doing so, the faith of depositors which is assuredly essential for banking become retained, and the banking replace become saved.
Therefore, the intervention of the Presidency is assumed as upon here to present protection to AMCON, no longer from charge of money owed, nonetheless to carry up focal point on rescuing the replace from wayward airline proprietors and colluding or condescending public officers. AMCON’s intendment for surroundings NG Eagle can no longer be countermanded and might perchance well simply be rewarded with quickened assent by all authorities concerned.
5. Since the negative politics of national carrier is unhealthy and unhelpful to the national motive.
NUATE would somewhat no longer fret with the battle between the Ministry of Aviation and AMCON over the burning query establishing a national carrier. But, the intervention of the Presidency on the matter has become pressing which capacity of of the high stakes for Nigeria. It is some distance indeed essential to inform the overriding need for a national carrier at the moment. What’s at anguish is the finest technique to bring it about.
Many argue that the Ministry has taken all of six years, and peaceable counting, to assemble a national carrier that might perchance well also simply no longer be owned by Government, nonetheless AMCON has utilized about a months to carry out the target, though, the persona of the Ministry’s effort is terribly obvious to help comparability.
Our plea is that the Presidency must peaceable be in a region to positively intervene on the matter, in our notice to seek out out the workability of every efforts and chart a progressive path against a quickest doable institution of a worthy national carrier for Nigeria. In this vivid, nothing forecloses a wedding of efforts on every side.
In conclusion, it’s some distance the need of NUATE to no longer inflame passions over these points. Our hobby is in seeing that the seeming battle of attrition does no longer spill and motive a atomize of Nigeria’s flight to progress in the aviation replace. Therefore, NUATE’s demand the pressing intervention of the Presidency in the contemporary conditions is borne out of goodwill and absolute like minded religion.
It is some distance our hope, due to this fact, that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chief of Workers to the President will harken to our call to responsibility by taking pressing steps to ameliorate these simmerings that tend to carry up us some distance from meeting our aims and targets.
God bless us all.
Comrade Ocheme Aba, Traditional Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Workers