Ex-Nigerian Airways staff today protested over delayed payment of N78billion gratuities at the Lagos airport.
The workers numbering over 500 walked through the airport road carrying placards with various insribtions on them, some of which include “In month of August, we lost 25 pensioners,” “Hon Minister of Transport, please help us,” “Please pay our severance benefits in full,” and “Our members are dying daily,” amongst others.
Speaking during the protest yesterday, Sam Nzene, National Chairman, Nigerian Airways said that the N78billion gratuities have been approaved by president Buhari but some people have sat on the money and refused to disburse.
“This protest is a peaceful one. We want to thank the Minister of Transportion and Minister of Aviation for approving this money that have lingered for a while. We also want them to know that we are yet to get the approved money.
“Some people have been holding on to this money. As a result, some of the staff of Nigerian Airways have died, some are very sick, while others can hardly afford three square meals a day,” Nzene said.
He added that everyone has been kept in the dark over the payment process and duration.
Other ex-Nigerian Airways staff expressed their disappointment over the delayed payment of the gratuities. They called on the government to intervene in the situation or more pensioners may die.