- Plans total shutdown after 7 days if conditions are not met
Offices of agencies of the Ministry of Aviation in Lagos, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) were under lock and key as the industrial action entered its second day.
This is as unions laid siege at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport ( MMIA) which led to heavy traffic leading to the airport where the unions vowed that seven days after the end of the warning strike they will totally shut down the Nigeria Airspace.
Our reporter observed the presence of heavy security including the police and army around the strategic points at the airport armed to the teeth while the unionists were at the international chanting solidarity songs.
One of the unionists, Comrade Abdulrarak Saidu who spoke at the MMIA expressed disappointment that 8 years after nothing has been done to ensure the Conditions of service are adhered to.
He argued that an industry where the minister is leaving in the next month and wants to pull down offices of agencies and parastatals in Lagos state stating that he wants to turn his policy into law and lord it over the industry even when it is flawed.
He said,”For 8 years conditions of service were not implemented. Sirika usurp the functions of the Governing boards there is no check and balance an
“They wanted to coerce us to come to Abuja, but we didn’t go to the meeting. No conclusions, no genuine meeting with the Government.
“He wants to destroy buildings in the sector for a Road map that was not approved for Lagos, even the one approved in Abuja for the Aerotropolis nothing has happened there and he wants to turn his policy to law.
“When you are going in the next month, and you want to pull down headquarters and leave nothing…
He said,”After seven days we go to a total shutdown, we will try to cut Nigeria away from other countries.”