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THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR UNIONS STRIKE… Nimet Management

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The management of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has insisted that there is no justification for the threat of going on strike by the joint union of workers; Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) as most of the claimed sundry issues have been either addressed or currently being attended to, as the strike would rather distract the agency’s attention in pursuing these noble goals.

This was contained in letter sent to the Unions by the Director General, Professor Sani Mashi on Thursday and made available to the media by the Director Public Affairs Ministry of Aviation James Odaudu.

According to him, the resolutions reached in March 2019 by the Ministerial Committee on the Harmonization of Salaries of Staff in Aviation Agencies in which the unions were well represented, that the salary adjustment for Nimet staff was discussed and resolved at the Committee and the Ministry of Aviation has presented it for further action to the National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission. The Ministry was exclusively charged with the task of handling the matter with commission.

“On the issue of the payment of promotion arrears, the Unions should know that it is the Office of the Account General of the Federation and not the Agency that is responsible for the payment of this arears and that the Management of the Agency has been consistently pursuing the matter with the Account-General’s Office through contacts with the relevant Departments”.

The management further stated that on the issue of palliatives, “Agency’s Department of Accounts & Finance have computed and paid monetary compensation to all Staff on essential duties. As at last week, only one (1) week palliative was in arrears and this has been settled this week”.

Prof. Sani Mashi
NiMet Director General

Implementation of minimum wage it’s a known fact that the Agency does not pay its Staff salary. The Federal Government, through the Office of the Account General of the Federation, pays such salaries to Agency’s Staff.

“On the issue of lateral conversion, the management wishes to state that it is not true that the Agency is “denying lateral conversion to staff on professional cadres who graduated after attaining grade level 10…,” as posited by your Unions. However, in 2016 when the Agency’s Senior Staff Committee recommended for the lateral conversion of Officers on Salary Grade Level 10 and above, the Ministry of Aviation stepped it down on the ground that the Agency’s practice contravenes Extant Rules and Regulations”.

“In giving importance to training of staff, the management in 2019 developed a guideline to standardize and formalize requests for study leaves for diploma, undergraduate, post graduate diploma and post graduate programmes. As a matter of policy and practice the issues of training and retraining of staff have been taken seriously”.

The Director-General further said that management has been doing all within its power to positively ameliorate all the sundry issues raised by the Staff and all the Unions in the Agency; as also management committed and dedicated to the promotion of Staff Welfare & Development, including securing what rightfully belongs to them. In so doing, however, the Agency is compel to strictly adhere to Government policies, as well as Extant Rules and Regulations.

“The agency, however, recognizes and respect the Constitutional provision for the freedom of association of the citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and enjoins the Unions to equally respect the sanctity of the Law of the Federal Republic on Nigeria. The management therefore call on all the staff, in consideration of the rule of Law, to immediately discountance the call for the strike”, Odaudu’s statement concluded.

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NIMET RECEIVES ISO AWARDS FOR AERONAUTICAL METEOROLOGY AND CAPACITY BUILDING

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Nimet) has been awarded the quality management services ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 29990: 2010 for aeronautical meteorology services at the airports and capacity building at its regional training centre in Lagos.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, James Odaudu stated that the certification award,  which is valid for one year, follows the successful completion of the 2022 maintenance audit process.

Presenting the ISO certifications to the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, the Director General of Nimet, Professor Mansur Matazu said the certification will promote the relevance and visibility of the agency in Nigeria, and Nigeria in the international community.

Professor Matazu presenting one of the awards won by NiMet to the Minister

He told the minister that “the International Standard Organization (ISO) requires that all services providers and training institutions in the world should subject themselves to periodic auditing to qualify for issuance of the appropriate certificate. This is to ensure effectiveness and excellence in the quality of service rendered to all relevant clients”.

“Based on that Nimet invited ISO through CERTECH for the certification exercise by subjecting its service across the nation’s airports and regional training centre in Lagos to a rigorous audit process” he said.

The Director-General appreciated the Minister and the Federal Government for providing the resources, guidance and support that enabled the agency to successfully attain the certification. He pledged that with continuous support, the agency will remain committed to achieving excellent service delivery.

Reacting, the Minister congratulated the agency for the great feat it has achieved.

He said the credit for the achievement goes to the present administration that provided all the support needed resources to Nimet to ensure effective service delivery and well-trained meteorologists as well as meteorological technicians.

Sirika promised to formally present the awards, and those won by other agencies of the Ministry, to President Muhammadu Buhari at a convenient time.

According to him, the planned presentation to the President is to appreciate his unalloyed support for the Aviation sector and to know that the support has been yielding dividends.

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FEC Approves N707 Million For Aviation Accident Investigation Equipment

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The Federal Executive Council has approved N707. 9 million for the procurement of investigation tools for the Accident Investigation Bureau of the Nigerian Aviation Sector.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the tool, when procured,

Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika (file photo)

would aid investigations, whenever an aircraft is involved in an accident in any part of the country.

“The memo was for the deployment of an investigation tool by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). That tool permits the AIB to be able to record going-ons in flights; God forbid, should there be a need to investigate an accident, or a serious incident and the tool will help them to do so.

“That procurement is in the sum of N707, 962, 854. 83, an equivalent of 1, 506, 285.70 Euros, inclusive of 7.5 percent value-added tax at the Central Bank’s exchange rate of N470 to a Euro, with a delivery period of 11 months,” he stated.

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Nigeria Air: FG Approves Lease of 3 Aircraft

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The process for the establishment of a new national carrier, Nigeria Air, got a boost on Wednesday with the Federal Government approving the lease of three aircraft for initial operations.

According to the approval by the Federal government,  the national carrier would begin operations with domestic routes the aircraft to .be procured from Airbus and Boeing

A statement by the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation James Odaudu said the Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC)  presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sirika announced that the airline would begin with domestic routes, then expands to regional and intercontinental routes. He was not specific with the actual date for the take-off of the airline operation.

On the likely date  for the commencement of operations Sirika said the announcement will be made soon. “We will announce commencement soon,”

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