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NATCA suspends planned strike

19 April 2015, 19:51Esezebor Godfrey

Ikeja - 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, Haruna Bassi and 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.

Also read: Air traffic controllers suspend crippling strike

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, 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.The NAMA spokesperson, Olajumoke Adetona, could not be reached on telephone to ascertain when the allowances would take effect and be paid to the NATCA members.


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