Engineer Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has stressed the need for collaboration in order to restore aviation sector to profitability.
Dunoma, who was represented by Hajia Salamatu Eluwa, the director of human resources FAAN, at the 2nd Quadrennial national delegates conference of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association ATSSSAN in Ijebu Ode, acknowledged the that the industry was facing multiple challenges such as increase in the price of aviation fuel and the attendant operational costs, personal/labour relations issues and infrastructural/environmental matters.
According to Dunoma, the economic recession has affected the traveling public and the demand for air travel has dropped while the market has also shifted downward stressing the need for new innovative ideas.
He noted that inspite of the daunting economy in the aviation sector, that the management of FAAN has been able to keep the welfare of staff on its front burner while maintaining a culture of prompt payment of staff salaries even in the face of dwindling revenues and has continued to show commitment to staff career development by releasing the result of the 2016 promotional exercises for junior and senior staff of FAAN while those of Grade Level 14-16 have been forwarded for ministerial approval.
He also explained that payments of furniture grant to staff and gratuity to former workers of FAAN have continued while payments of outstanding staff claims was on going.
According to the FAAN boss, infrastructure around the airports in the country were being rehabilitated.
Dunoma said in order to continue with the sustainability of staff welfare, the unions needed to facilitate a rancour-free atmosphere that will be germane to industrial growth.