Aviation union debunks raising alarm over impending air crashes due to change in heads of agencies
The Joint Unions of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has debunked media report that it raised alarm over impending air crashes due to the removal of heads of aviation agencies.
A fictitious Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet); Professional Meteorologists Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) had in a joint letter, declared that most of those appointed in key positions in the agencies were incompetent, and warned that this may spell doom for the sector.
The said Chairman, Mr. Kalu Onumah and Secretary of PMAN, Bisi Adegbenjo, were said to have signed on behalf of PMAN, while Folorunsho Daniel and Jacob Bwala, Chairman and Secretary, ANAP, signed on behalf of the association.
But the Chairman, National Union of Transport Employee and Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, NiMet branch, Comrade Uzor Oluchi and Comrade Ambore Samson, respectively, while speaking to The Guardian yesterday, said the union never raised such alarm.
He said: “Yes, we have the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) as one of our existing unions in the agency, the said Professional Meteorologists Association of Nigeria (PMAN) does not exist and not recognized, and the names mentioned are not in existence.”
The unions also questioned the right, and thereby confirmed that the two names mentioned are capable to efficiently handle the positions in whichever capacity required and in no doubt, can be appointed as directors. In the same vein, one of the mentioned has been a director for over a year and his position hasn’t been in doubt; the other has been a General Manager, Hydrometeorological Services for the past five years in the agency.
They, therefore, called on the new government and members of the general public to disregard any petitions coming from this none existing association, saying there are definitely not from the agency.
They said that Director General/CEO, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, has been working assiduously to ensure the agency lived up to its expectations “and we wish to plead with all and sundry to support the goods being meted and lift NiMet to much greater achievements.”