Airport Disruptions: FG Challenges Aviation Workers To Continue Their Strike
The recent aviation workers’ strike, which was organized by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), was discussed in the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The act was completely condemned.
However, the FEC concluded that since the means for the irate employees to express their rage had not been explored, the Federal Government would no longer support such acts.
Recall that on Monday, as a result of the strike at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Nigerians awoke to the news of flight disruptions.
The NAHCO officials had based their walkout on a demand for a pay raise.
Additionally, the strike fell on the same day that President Muhammadu Buhari visited Lagos to commission a number of projects.
While discussions were taking place during FEC, Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, revealed the reservations of other cabinet members.
This is crucial for the traveling public, he said. We want to start by apologizing to our thronging travelers for this tough time. Second, by God’s grace, this will not occur in the future. The act has Mr. President’s assent, thus strikes and riots near our airports are prohibited by the law for the straightforward reason that aviation is a necessary service.
“Now that we have the Act in place and assented to by Mr. President and passed by the National Assembly. We will deal with it according to the law. We will ensure no essential service is being disrupted by anybody, no matter how aggrieved.
There are various ways to address problems when they come up, but they are not allowed to strike because aviation is a necessary service under current law.
“I’ll use an airline as an example, which had to return to its base because it was unable to land. What if there was a patient aboard the plane? Imagine someone attending to a very important matter or matter at hand, a business, or a student attempting to catch an exam, and then some other person dies because of someone who is resentful.
“The government won’t permit that anymore. As a result, it is prohibited by the law of the nation (see the FAAN Act), has been approved, and will take effect soon. In fact, we forbid it starting today.
“Our ears are always open; the government is willing to hear any complaints, and there are processes in place to handle these kind of complaints,” the statement reads. They should stop immediately because what they are doing is wrong, inhumane, and something we will no longer tolerate.