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By Lawani Mikairu

The aviation unions, namely 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, the airport branch, launched on Monday a Peaceful walk along the main roads at Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The action, which is a directive from the national headquarters of the different unions, was scheduled to take place simultaneously at all airports in the country.

Unions are protesting the way the current Aviation Minister Senator Hadi Sirika is carrying out the concession of some of the country’s main airports without taking in the aviation workers unions.

The unions are also protesting that some of their colleagues who were discharged from the service have not received their retirement and pension.

Union members who began the peaceful walk from “Freedom Square” at the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, moved around the Lagos airport carrying banners with various inscriptions such as “The concession of airports lacks transparency. “

Others had “Pay Our Board Now”, “Solve the MMA2 Grant Problem Now” and other entries.

The walk caused a traffic jam on some roads inside the airport as the movement of vehicles was impeded. Passengers who had an early morning flight had to walk to the various terminals to catch their flights.

Addressing the union members before starting the march around the airport, one of the union leaders, Comrade Saidu, ANAP general secretary, told the crowd that “we will never rest until the government and the Minister of Aviation listen to our demands. . We have written a series of letters to the minister expressing our reservation about the way in which the planned Concession is being carried out ”.

“You cannot speak of a Concession when the previous concession is still the subject of controversy in the courts.”

Let us remember that the aviation unions have recently entered into a series of dialogues with the federal government and the Minister of Aviation about the planned concession of some of the country’s airports.

They have expressed fear that some of their colleagues will lose their jobs in the process.

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