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FG reacts to ongoing Aviation Union Strike

The Federal Government has responded to the two-day strike action by Nigerian aviation workers, calling it unnecessary and unfounded despite its efforts to address the workers’ various demands.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that in a statement released on Monday, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika stated that the reasons for the strike should not have led to the disruption of flight operations and hardship for citizens.

The Ministry of Aviation expressed displeasure at the ongoing warning strike, despite efforts to meet the workers’ demands. Sirika also defended the Ministry’s decision to demolish buildings obstructing the runway, citing its benefits to the public.

Regarding the concession of airports, Sirika emphasized that efforts to improve infrastructure and make the country’s airports economically viable and meet global standards were ongoing. The Minister urged an end to the strike action and called for internal resolution of any wrangling.

“The strike is unnecessary as it will increase the hardship on our citizens, affect flight schedules, lead to economic losses and negatively impact our rating globally. On the grievances prompting the strike by the Unions, these are issues that should not lead to strike”, he said.

He added: “It should be noted that the planned demolition of certain buildings obstructing the runway is in the public interest and an administrative issue that can be sorted in-house. The Unions should have met with the management of Agencies for alternative accommodation to all affected offices before going ahead with the strike.

“On the Concession of airports, the Unions are aware of global practices and for the Aviation industry in Nigeria to be the hub in Africa, the concession is the way to improve infrastructure and make our airports economically viable as this is without loss of jobs.

“On Conditions of Service in some of the Agencies, it is work in progress. The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission is already carrying out assessments and will soon conclude.

“The Unions should also note, if they are not already aware, that consequential adjustment of the minimum wage has been finalized and about to be paid anytime soon. We have always conveyed this information in the several conversations and meetings held with the Unions.”

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