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Strike: NLC Faction Fails to Ground Flight Operations at Lagos Airport

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NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba

The Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday failed to carry out its plan of grounding flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos over the recent increase in fuel price.

Adelegan Solomon, Vice-President, NLC, had on Wednesday vowed that no flight would land or take off from the airport if the Federal Government refuses to revert the pump price of petrol from N145 to N87 per litre.

However, a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the situation reports that flight operations went on smoothly at both the international and domestic wings of the airport

Also, staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), were at their respective offices and duty posts, as directed by the government.

However, security was tight within the airport environment as police officers were deployed around strategic locations by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Airport Command, Victory Menta.

Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), told NAN that the union had not suspended the strike but decided not to disrupt flight operations at the airport.

Abioye said: “We have created a window of opportunity for our entrepreneurs to also enjoy the benefit of our presence at the airport, so that we don’t create more problems for air travelers. We realise that if we completely shut down the airport, there will very serious problems for people in the country. Since transporters are working, there is no reason for us to deny people from using the airport.”

Also, the spokesperson of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, enjoined travellers and other airport users to go about their lawful duties, without any fear of harassment.

“As far as the Lagos airport is concerned, there is no problem. Our officers are on ground and there is no cause for alarm,” Alabi added.

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.

9 Comments

  1. X-Factor

    May 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    In Olamide’s voice; Governor Ambode Ko fe Oshi…..
    The police/military presence at the airport is not a “small something”

  2. GossipChef

    May 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    In 2012 the NLC and All other organizations took to the streets successfully under a president that was democratic in the very sense of the word.
    But now, with the CHANGE of the APC taking us down the abyss of suffering, even the NLC can no longer remain the last resort of the people. The CHANGE we can see!

    • ElessarisElendil

      May 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      ??????So democratic he let himself be intimidated into making the wrong decision for the nation??? Had he had a bit of spine and trusted his technocrats who clearly knew more us civilians, maybe saved a little, we wouldn’t be here now.

    • nnenne

      May 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      @ElessarisElendil… wish I could reply you but am really tired today. Enjoy your day but always reason before typing!

  3. Gossip Chef

    May 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    n 2012 the NLC and All other organizations took to the streets successfully under a president that was democratic in the very sense of the word.
    But now, with the CHANGE of the APC taking us down the abyss of suffering, even the NLC can no longer remain the last resort of the people. The CHANGE we can see

  4. Tru

    May 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Can they just chill already??? In many parts of Nigeria and even certain parts of Lagos, petrol was being sold at 150/litre and above, in spite of the so-called subsidy. How much were we buying it at the time of endless queuing since late last year? Raw crude is no longer enjoying the marketability it once had. Our naira is crashing, we can’t even get tomatoes at sensible prices and we still think the fight should be about keeping subsidy??? Why wasn’t there a protest for people to be jailed when the Panama papers revealed who the major theives are? Sheesh.

  5. ElessarisElendil

    May 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    The schadenfreude I feel at NLC’s dying gasps can’t be imagined. You were great once, but Nigeria needs to wean its self of our socialist tendencies.

    Recuperate we’ll need you to rein in our gilded age tendencies down the road.

  6. swagg1

    May 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Losers with a big “L” on their foreheads.

    • Somtoo

      May 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Dont mind them. Ordinary small strike, they cant organize. What a mess of a union. MAKE UNA WAKA PASS JOR

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