Aviation Unions, Stakeholders Kick Against Merger



MMIA-LagosBy Chuks Okoh
Aviation unions and stakeholders are strategizing to ensure that the recently announced merger by the Steve Oransanya committee will not be implemented in the aviation sector.

The committee in its recommendation proposed the merger of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA and Nigerian Meteorological Agency NIMET to be known as Federal Civil Aviation Authority FCAA.

In a swift reaction, the aviation unions and stakeholders have described it as unrealistic adding that it will be senseless to merge service a provider and a regulator in the aviation sector.

They declared that all over the world there was no where merger existed except for some small countries stressing that meteorological service in the country does not cover only aviation but agriculture, industry among others.

According to them, over 55 county’s navigational providers were on their own saying that the government had ulterior motives.

They urged the government to look into the unemployment situation in the country adding that the merger will lead to loss of jobs in the aviation sector.

According to them, the country was yet to know her fate on the recent FAA re-assessment of the country’s aviation category one status adding that the country was going back to the dark old days of five airports.

They said those who recommended this to the President did not mean well for the country as President Goodluck has used the aviation sector to boost his achievements.

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