Aviation Unions Threaten to Ground Nigeria’s Airspace Over N45 Billion Severance Package

Unions in the aviation industry have renewed their threats to shut down the country’s airspace in two weeks because of the inability of the Federal Government to pay the N45 billion severance package of the former workers of the Nigeria Airways Ltd.

The Unions are the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, and the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

A petition to the Minister of State for Aviation which was disclosed to newsmen in Lagos expressed the union members displeasure over what they termed the insensitivity of the Minister of Finance to pay the workers over 10 months after the approval was made by the Federal Executive Council.

The petition which was signed by the Secretary General of the unions pointed out that they would not wait until the entire former workers of the former national carrier die before taking steps to ensure that they were paid their entitlements.

The unions also disclosed that they had commenced the mobilization of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the United Labor Congress (ULC) in its quest to gather widespread support for their action.

While they commended the Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for his untiring effort to ensure that the workers were paid appropriately, the unions wondered why the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has shown lack of commitment to pay the sum as approved.