The managing director, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA Capt Fola Akinkuotu has said that there is no cause for retirees of the agency to fret over their entitlements, as they would be promptly paid as at when due.
Speaking at the send forth ceremony organised by members of Aeronautical Information Service AIS in Lagos, Capt Akinkuotu assured that the agency will strive to ensure that every retiree was paid at the point of exit adding that a labourer was entitled to his wages.
“The working class should always remember that their labour will not be in vain, the labour of the retirees will not be in vain. It’s sad to see that after labouring the fruit is not reaped. But your case will not be like that,” he said.
In his speech, the president of Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria (AISAN) Comrade Babatunde Shittu applauded its members who retired from service recently.
Comrade Shittu said that AIS is able to get to where they are today through the dedication, hard work, sense of purpose, firm belief in all and determination of the retirees to promote the growth and development of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) as a profession of dignity and respect.
“Your track record and reputation in the aviation industry speak volumes about your humble disposition and strong passion for professionalism and the attitude of doing things right always. You were a mentor to me and many of my colleagues in the AIS profession whom you helped to inspire in so many ways”, the AISAN President said.
Shittu said he was elated to be in their midst for the send forth of the retired members, adding “I see today as being a part of history and partaking in sharing the experiences of your meritorious services in our esteemed agency. We are here today to show our respect and love to our dear professional elderly colleagues”.
Speaking further, Shittu added “It is true that when someone retires, it is a very special occasion, the culmination of one’s’ career in civil service especially in the aviation industry where we are saddled with the responsibility to ensure safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation by the provisions of timely and quality dissemination of aeronautical information.
“Although, this is a special occasion for them, a number of us, I inclusive have mixed feelings about it. It is hard for me to be making this speech and saying goodbye to my colleagues, but at the same time we know that you are leaving us in good”.
He therefore, implored the retirees to continually share their well textured experiences and wealth of wisdom especially now that AIS is transiting into an information management system.
“AIS department will be a much emptier place without you, but we promise to live up to your extraordinarily high standards. Once more, thank you for giving us this memorable opportunity to wish you the best in your future endeavors. I am sure you will find new opportunities and pleasures in your new life”, he said.
The function was well attended by stakeholders in the aviation industry including Directors, General Managers and AIS members.