Aviation union, workers protest airport concession

Aviation union, workers protest airport concession

Aviation unions and workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today staged a protest to express their disapproval over plans by government to concession the Lagos and Abuja Airports.

 

Scores of FAAN workers stormed the Freedom Square leading to the entrance of the authority’s headquarters to draw attention to what they described as illegal selling of the airports to people who are unknown to workers.

 

The protest came just as there was a battle for supremacy among three aviation unions: Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).

 

The friction was occasioned by alleged inadequate representation among the unions over who should spearhead the protest.

 

Addressing workers, Illitrus Ahmadu, ATSSSAN National President, said the workers were opposed to the concession of airports because the template is not clear to them and the parameters used by government.

 

Ahmadu said the workers will use every instrument at their disposal to battle government to frustrate the concession of airports.

 

He said the unions must be united to protect their collective interest of protecting their jobs.

 

Also speaking, Olayinka Abioye, general secretary of National Union of Air Transport Employees ( NUATE), said the unions will mobilize to frustrate airports concession moves by government .

 

He said government needs to engage the unions before government could consider the concession of the airports.

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