Says the ongoing reforms in the body will not lead to sacking of staff

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has dispelled media reports that the agency is planning to massively lay off workers. 

A statement made available to journalists on Wednesday by the Agency?s Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs, Onyekwere Nnaekpe, debunked claims of a planned downsizing of the workforce to 1,500 staff members. 

He said that the ongoing transformation of the agency might have stirred up some apprehension amongst the staff, to give some of them the idea that jobs might be lost in the process. Although, Nnaekpe admitted that the company?s workforce was stretched and becoming difficult to maintain, he insisted that the company would manage to keep its manpower. 

?In 2010 and 2011, the authority employed more than 1,000 new staff. We have stopped all efforts to continue to bloat the workforce which is already a huge burden to carry. At the same time, with the staff we have, we are only managing to meet our financial obligations of paying their salaries and maintaining the airports,? he said. 

He assured that the agency would rather redeploy its staff than retrench them, in order to improve the company’s operational value. Nnaekpe also noted that the transformation exercise closed some loopholes, and will also see the automation of its revenue process. The automation, according to him, would greatly improve the company’s revenue generation. 

?We cannot remain in the dark ages; this is 2012. Every airport in the world is automated, [yet] we are still using manual. We will automate and we will use our staff; automation does not mean retrenchment,? he added. 

?This is something that has not happened in FAAN for several years. But when we start to collect our proper revenue, which will happen shortly, we will get more buoyant. We really do not need to retrench our staff; we are not going to do that.?

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