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Aviation Unions Protest Against Planned Concessioning of Airports by FG

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MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF AIR TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES PROTESTING AGAINST THE PLANNED CONCESSION OF AIRPORTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THE NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY  (23/8/16). 5904/23/8/2016/JAU/BJO/NAN

MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF AIR TRANSPORT EMPLOYEES PROTESTING AGAINST THE PLANNED CONCESSION OF AIRPORTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THE NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (23/8/16).
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Members of the organised aviation unions on Tuesday embarked on a peaceful protest at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos over the planned concessioning of four major airports in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protest led to heavy gridlock on all the roads leading to the airport.

The aviation unions that organised the protest include: Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), and the National Union of Pensioners (NUP).

Armed policemen from the Domestic Police Station of the Airport were seen controlling traffic to ensure free flow of vehicles.

The protesters were seen carrying different placards with the inscriptions, “FAAN must survive despite its many enemies”, “Airport concession is economic terrorism”.

NAN learnt from the unions that the protest would take place simultaneously at Nnamdi Azikwe Airport (NAA), Abuja, Port Harcourt Airport and Mallam Aminu Kano Airport.

Speaking, General Secretary of ATSSSAN, Francis Akinjole, said that the workers would resist any attempt by the government to concession the four major airports

The union leader added that they were aware that some cartels were already making to ‘buy’ these viable airports.

He said the unions would not mortgage the destiny of over 6,000 workers of FAAN into selfish hands of few political cartel, warning individual concessionaire to stay clear of this ‘unacceptable’ deal.

NAN reports that the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had assured Nigerians that the decision to concession the airports was borne out of government’s desire for effective and efficient management of the airports and adequate utilisation of the abundant skilled manpower in the aviation sector.

Sirika was speaking when he recently received the Management of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission led by its Director-General, Aminu Diko,who visited his office to present the ‘Commission’s Framework for Addressing the Development of Public, Private Partnership Projects in Aviation Sector’.

According the minister, the best way to move this industry forward is through the Public Private Partnership.

Concessioning of the airports, he said, would make the system go faster as the concessioning would ensure fund was available for developing the airports.

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.

2 Comments

  1. Suga

    August 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    My people here comes the “change”. Only God will save Nigeria and Nigerians from this present administration. Protests would even do the least, you can confirm from ” team bringbackourgirls”! ??

  2. Hmm

    August 24, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Our govt is basically saying: we are useless. Privatize everything in order for it to function…

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