Pensioners Barricade FAAN Entrance Gate
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch on Tuesday, barricaded the entrance to FAAN office in Ikeja over the management’s inability to effect the implementation of Consequential salary /Pension Adjustment (CPA).
The FAAN management had promised to start the payment of the CPA in March but failed to meet its obligations.
The secretary of NUP, FAAN branch, Comrade Emeka Njoku addressing the pensioners, accused the FAAN management of being insensitive to their plights as senior citizens. Displaying various placards, the pensioners vowed to remain at the FAAN gate. They accused the current management of FAAN of compounding 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 directorates to draw up a template for the Consequential salary /pension adjustment as concrete evidence and 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, the issues would be resolved. FAAN did not meet up with the agreement.
In his solidarity speech, the General Secretary of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu said there was so much deceit in the system, accusing the human resource department of FAAN of not telling workers the real situation of condition of Service.
Saidu, noted that the absence of board of directors for aviation agencies had been the greatest problem of the agencies.