By Abimbola Ogunnaike
The trade unions in the Nigerian aviation industry have protested against alleged plan by the Federal Government to demolish headquarters annexes of aviation agencies at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The workers who converged on the Freedom Square of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Lagos on Thursday, 30 March, 2023 carried different placards with inscriptions such as “No to demolition of FAAN headquarters Annex,” “FG stop the demolition of headquarters annex Lagos,” “FAAN headquarters annex not for sale,” “Build FAAN corporate headquarters,” and “Demolition of FAAN headquarters is fraud,” among others.
The General Secretary of the Air Transport Staff Senior Services of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Frances Akinjole, wondered why demolition of aviation agencies topped the agenda of the present administration with less than two months to go.
According to Akinjole, the unions were not against any demolition, government must ensure the payment of the staff’s relocation allowances and other benefits accrued to them.
Also, Mrs. Safiya Araga of the Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), said there must be adequate provisions for the workers before they are relocated.