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Aviation workers from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) seized the occasion of the May Day celebration to step up their protest against government 's plan to merge these agencies to form the Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA).
Hundreds of workers from the three agencies defied the early morning rain in Lagos to march against the federal government's decision to lump the regulatory agency, NCAA and service providers, NAMA and NIMET together.
The federal government in a White Paper on the Steve Oronsaye committee report had approved the recommendation for the merger of the aviation agencies .
But many industry stakeholders and majority of the workers have protested against the government's plan, which they described as inimical to the development of the country's aviation sector.
Workers from these agencies thronged the domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos chanting solidarity slogans against the merger.
The Chairman of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch, Ekanem Ekanem, said the federal government's decision would stall progress, if implemented.
He said: "We give kudos to government for the equipment provided for NAMA and NIMET. These two agencies have registered their marks across the globe in the last two years positively, then why disrupt this progress in the name of merger?"