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Archival picture: Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika showing solidarity with demonstrating Aero Contractors workers in 2016

May Day: Sirika says govt will help mitigate consequences of COVID-19 lock-down

  • Promises better days ahead for workers
GOVERNMENT has acknowledged the dire situation in the aviation sub-sector and has promised to take practical steps to help mitigate the consequences of the total lock-down in the industry and create an enabling environment for the sector to bounce back.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika made this known in his May Day message in a statement released by Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu  where the minister promised aviation workers better days ahead in spite of the current hardship caused by the coronavirus-induced shutdown of the industry.

According to Senator Sirika, workers in the aviation industry were among the hardest hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, especially with the grounding of passenger flights and shutting down of services globally.

He however expresses the belief that there’s a bright future for the Nigerian aviation industry after the dark times that it presently faces, hoping that the pandemic will be short-lived.

According to the Minister, it is highly regrettable that airlines and other service providers are being forced to cope with the option of either sending their staff on compulsory leaves or reduction of their wages as occasioned by the redundancy caused by COVID-19 scourge.

Government, he said, was aware of the dire situation in the aviation sector and will do whatever is practically possible to mitigate the consequences of the total lockdown in the industry and create an enabling environment for the sector to bounce back.

He however appeals to both private and public workers in the sector to keep hope alive as there’re reasons to believe that the industry will come out of the current situation stronger, and in a better situation to improve the welfare of its employees.

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