NATCA Suspends Planned Strike

he Nigeria Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

The Nigeria Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Sunday called off its planned withdrawal of service scheduled for April 20.


This is contained in a statement signed by the association’s Deputy President and National Secretary, Mr Haruna Bassi and Mr Banji Olawode, respectively, in Lagos.


The statement noted that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the harmonised rating allowances for NATCA.


“We enjoin all our members to continue to render their services in ensuring a safe and secure airspace in Nigeria.


“We shall partner with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on the future growth of the agency,’’ the statement said.


It would be recalled that NATCA, on April 16 embarked on a six-hour temporary withdrawal of service, to press home their demand.


The association, however, issued a follow up statement to embark on a full-fledged withdrawal of service beginning from 00.00hrs on April 20.


However, in a telephone interview with Olawode by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he noted that the Presidency granted approval for their demand on April 17.


He said that the Presidency has ordered the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) to pay the harmonised rating allowances to the air traffic controllers.


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