The Chairman, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) branch, Comrade Shofolahan Ayodele has expressed the need for foreign trainings for workers of NCAA in order to be abreast with developments across the world.
Speaking on the need for training of workers in the regulatory agency, Comrade Ayodele remarked that foreign trainings can never be domesticated saying that trainings will not only make one learn but will expose workers to the outside world.
“We have told management on this issue that there are some trainings that cannot be domesticated because training does not only mean just doing training. You are exposed to a lot of things you are not seeing in this country. You interact. When you interact with your foreign partners, you get a lot of things. We are regulators”.
He emphasized that any training that is meant to be done abroad must be done there, adding that as regulators, “workers of the agency must be above board and ATSSSAN has told management that it is not possible to carry out foreign trainings locally”.
“NCAA will soon start going on foreign trainings and then professional trainings. A lot of people were denied last year but this year now, we got the approval for everybody. Now, professional bodies have come to stay and other areas of welfare like lack of working tools, we are working on that too. We are collaborating with management to get all those things.”
The ATSSSAN chairman noted that over a year ago when he came on board, there was no organogram in NCAA but that the management was addressing the issue and that of conditions of service of workers in the agency.
“We took the matter up with management and management agreed that we can review the Organogram in conjunction with other unions but presently with the Ministry, we are doing something about that so that other people will be able to be promoted to level 15. When I took over too, there was problem with the condition of service but presently, it is at the Salaries and Wages Commission receiving quick attention and I have been going there. I have gone to Abuja to meet them twice now and in the next two or three weeks, they will call us to discuss on the issue before the DG of Salaries and Wages Commission will rectify the monetary aspect. Then, we will still go to the Head of Service too for the policy aspect of it.”