The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has put in place a mechanism to look into the lingering issue of harmonizing the salaries  and allowances of staff under its payroll with those of their colleagues in other agencies in the aviation sector.

The Managing Director,Capt.Fola Akinkuotu who revealed this in a town hall   meeting   which   held   at the agency’s   headquarters   annex in Lagos said although the issue of harmonisation is as old as the agency itself, there was the need to revisit it as are solution would boost staff morale and also increase productivity in the long run.

As a first bold step towards achieving harmonisation, Akinkuotu said management   had   constituted a committee headed by the Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services,Engr. Farouk Umarwith“the mandate   to   look   in-depth   at the circumstance of harmonisation, cost of harmonization,our ability to achieve harmonization,the validity of whether we have been harmonized or not,and then make a report and present to management.”

He disclosed that the committee had already submitted the said report, assuring that management would immediately convene a meeting to “review the report in its totality and examine whether or not there isa disparity.

We will also discuss if we can pay for it and if not, how do we move this forward.”He said however that after considering   the   report, another report   will   be   prepared and presented   to   government for ratification.

Akinkuotu expressed optimism that even though the harmonization issue has lingered for over 14 years, management   was   determined to tackle it headlong, stressing that“if we plug all the loopholes and cut down on some of the waste and be more prudent in our expenditure,we will make a little more money and it really   shouldn’t   be   that difficult attaining harmonisation.”

The NAMA boss who tasked staff to be more dedicated to their duties noted that in line with the staff- oriented   disposition   ofhis administration, various promotions have been obtained across board for workers.

While   reeling   out   some   of the milestones of his administration to include   ongoing   sectorisation   of Lagos Sub-Flight Information Region(Sub-FIR),   signing   MOUs   on   the deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast  (ADS-B)  and Multi-lateration,   fast-tracking Aeronautical   Information   Services (AIS) Automation etc, Akinkuotu said civil works for five installations have been   completed   ahead   of   AIS Automation just as he disclosed that arrangements  were  in  top  gear  to enroll  NAMA  staff  in  the  National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Akinkuotu   also   noted that management’s emphasis on capacity building has yielded positive result with the training of various categories of staff across different directorates and   departments.   The   town hall meeting which was the second to be convened by Capt .Akinkuotu since his appointment afforded the NAMA helmsman and his management team the opportunity to field questions, interact with workers and feel the pulse of the agency.

Among the issues raised by staff were demands for a decent cafeteria at the headquarters, staff   bus   and the inclusion   of   pensioners   in   the harmonizationplan.