Aviation: Union Protests Concession of Airports
Joint Labor Unions in the aviation industry have protested the planned concession of four viable airports in the country by the Federal government.
The Airports are Muritala International airport, Lagos, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers.
At a peaceful protest held within the premises of the Ibadan Airport, Alakia, members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSAN, National Union of Air transport employee and Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP carried placards with different inscriptions.
Some of the inscriptions included, “Our Airports are under valued”, “FAAN, Pay our Pension Liabilities”, “Job losses loom in Aviation Industry”
ATSSAN Chairman, Ibadan Branch, Mr Oyewole Olayade alleged that major stakeholders in the industry had not been carried along in the concessional process.
Mr Olayade said that government should not be carried away by juicy proposals presented to it, but consider proper management of the nation’s airports.
Also speaking, Chairman, National Union of Air Transport Employee, Ibadan Branch, Mr Gbenga Kayode expressed fear of possible loss of jobs if the concession plans scaled through.
Mr Kayode said the protest was held simultaneously across the country to press home their demands.
The union leaders advised government to be sincere and give details of the modalities of the concession to avoid misconception.