By Favour Nnabugwu
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) pensioners on Tuesday barricaded the entrance to the agency’s regional headquarters in Ikeja over what they described as management’s inability to implement of Consequential salary /Pension Adjustment (CPA)
Displaying various placards, the pensioners have vowed to remain at the gate FAAN hindering movement
The FAAN management had promised to start the payment of the CPA in March but has not met its obligations
The secretary of NUP FAAN branch, Comrade Emeka Njoku while addressing the pensioners accused the FAAN management of being insensitive to their plights as senior citizens
He said the current management of FAAN compounded their issues by paying workers first before pensioners, saying that pensioners were paid first before workers by the past management
An implementation committee was set up comprising two members of NUP, two representatives of the director of finance FAAN, a representative of the audit department and three from the human resources and administration directorate to draw up a template for the Consequential salary /pension adjustment as concrete evidence, provide evidence of progress implementation from various directorates within two weeks in March 2022
Based on this development, the NUP which had earlier threatened protest across the country’s airport decided to suspend it.
Njoku then told journalists that series of meetings were held between them and the management of FAAN without positive results
In September 2021, FAAN management agreed to commence payment in January 2022 but failed to meet up. With this, the NUP gave ultimatum to FAAN to pay on or before 1st March 2022 and a meeting was brokered while the protest was shelved.
It was then agreed that by the end of March that the issues will be resolved but FAAN did not meet up with the agreement
In his solidarity speech, the general secretary of Association of Aviation Professionals (ANAP) Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu said there were so many deceit in the system accusing the human resource department of FAAN for not telling workers the real situation of condition of Service
Saidu, noted that the absence of board of directors for aviation parastatals has been the greatest problem of the agencies