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Strike: Labour Vows to Ground Flight Operations in Lagos from Thursday




NLC President, Ayuba Wabba


The Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to ground flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos from Thursday, if the Federal Government refuses to revert the pump price of petrol to N87 per litre.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adelegan Solomon, Vice-President, NLC, made this known while addressing protesters at the MMIA over the government’s removal of fuel subsidy.

Solomon, who is also the President of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUCPTRE), urged Nigerians to unanimously reject the hike in fuel price.

According to him, the N145 per litre announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) will further increase the suffering of ordinary Nigerians.

He noted that Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) were members of AUCPTRE, adding that arrangements have been perfected to ground flight operations at the airport from Thursday.

“Today, few planes have taken-off and landed on this airport but by tomorrow, no plane will land or take off. It is operation occupy Lagos State,” Solomon said.

Also speaking, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Nasir Fagge, said Nigerians must remain united against the ruling class.

“We are convinced that what is going on now is a war of liberation. We in ASUU believe that any change that does not lead to transformation is underdevelopment,” Fagge said.

NAN reports that flight operations were hitch-free on Wednesday at both the international and domestic wings of the airport, despite an early morning protest by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

Employees of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), also resumed at their offices, as directed by the government.

Victoria Menta, Commissioner of Police, Lagos Airport Police Command, who deployed officers around strategic locations at the airport, later met with the union members and enjoined them to be peaceful.

However, some travellers were left stranded for several hours, due to the traffic caused by the protesters.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Bey

    May 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    What sort of crap is this, abeg my husby is coming in soon.
    I’m not happy about the increase in fuel price but I am honestly tired of everything in Nigeria. People’s plans shldnt now even suffer all d more.
    I’m honestly tired of dis country, ppl shld now be stranded wherever they are again. Some ppl r out dere travelling for work to get dere daily bread.
    You guys(labour) cldnt even get ur act together for d so-called strike. Must you leave families n loved ones stranded again ??.?

  2. amara

    May 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    abeg they should wait till I get back to port harcourt…. before they sack me at work!!

  3. @sunshine

    May 18, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Well! My prayer is; God should pls intervene before it get out of hand.

  4. Marian

    May 19, 2016 at 5:28 am

    No more strike jare! And Dear Doctors! Stop the strike o! My innocent godson needs to be at a teaching hospital. 80% of his body was burnt in a gas explosion. Government! Please pay them from all the abacha money that was returned or give them whatever they are asking. How can Doctors be on strike? I can’t even wrap my mind around it. What about all the sick people that are already admitted to hospitals??

    • Faith

      May 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Sorry about your godson. I pray he gets the needed treatment and gets better.

  5. balongo

    May 19, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Stupid NLC common strike thet cannot achieve……….they should go and sleep jo.

  6. Bae

    May 19, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hmm, this NLC should not try grounding activities at the Int Airport oo. Mumsie’s flight back to New York is next week Friday ooo. They should not try it ooo. Money no dey to buy another one ooo

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