National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has threatened to disrupt the sector if Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika did not stop proposed concession of four airports in the country.
NUATE also told the Federal Government to immediately appoint a substantive Managing Director for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) after Ibrahim Abdulsalam, was, in February, indicted of N6 billion fraud against the agency. These were some of the resolutions reached at NUATE’s Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara State, recently.
A communiqué following the NEC’s meeting, was signed by the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, stated that the plot by Sirika to concession Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Airports, which are considered as the only viable airports among the 22 controlled by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), was retrogressive.
The union further alleged that Mr. Sirika intends to concession the airports without recourse to extant rules, due process, social dialogue with stakeholders, or other civil aviation agencies in and out of Nigeria.