Aviation Unions within the Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Monday, have embarked on a peaceful protest.
The aviation unions include; Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, National Union of Air Transport Employee, NUATE, Association of Aviation Professionals, ANAP, and Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, airport branch.
The action, is a directive from the national headquarters of the various unions, and was programmed to take place simultaneously in all the airports within the country. The purpose of the protest is as a result of the manner in which the current Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika is carrying out the concessioning of some of the country’s major airports without carrying the aviation workers unions along.
The unions also protest about some of their colleagues who were disengaged from service and have not been paid their retirement and pension.
The protest walk caused a major traffic gridlock on some roads within the airport and passengers who had the early morning flight to catch had to trek to the various terminal.
Before the commencement of the march around the airport, Comrade Saidu, who happens to be one of the union leaders and the General Secretary, ANAP, said to the crowd;
“We shall never rest until the government and Aviation Minister listen to our demands. We have written series of letters to the minister expressing our reservation about the way he is going about the planned Concession”.
” You cannot be talking about Concession when the one earlier concessioned is still a subject of dispute in court”