Halt Concession Of Airports In 15 Days Or… Labour Tells FG

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE),  has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to halt plans to concession the international airports in Kano, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The Labour union said failure to do this they will shut down activities across all airports in the country.

The Secretary-General of NUATE, Mr. Olayinka Abioye said this while addressing reporters in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city on Tuesday, October 10.

Abioye who described the planned concession of the four lucrative airports as a fraud alleged that the haste with which the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika is going about the concession plan gives a lot of room to suspect that the plan was to sell the airports to cronies of government.

His words:  “The government does not want to talk to organised labour and the whole concession project is shrouded in a lot of mystery or secrecy as it is the Minister and very few persons that actually know what they want to do.

“We will not accept it because it is a fraud; it is corruption. Our worry is that this government that claims it doesn’t have money has set aside N1.5billion to Transaction Advisors without a budgetary provision to effect the concession of the four airports and we will resist this fraud,” Abioye added.

The NUATE Secretary-General says the government has 15 days from October 10 (Tuesday) to halt the process and return to the negotiation table with stakeholders, especially labour and workers of FAAN.

“We can be part of this fraud. After the expiration of this 15-days ultimatum, if the government does not talk to stakeholders and labour on what they want to do, we will shut down activities in the aviation industry,” Abioye added.

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