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Nigerian news:Aviation workers seal off FAAN

Over 100 workers of the aviation industry yesterday  continued their protest against the decision of the Federal Govern-ment to hand over the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).

The workers had earlier threatened to down tools if the federal government decision was not reversed.

It was gathered that  yesterday’s  protest  was because  representatives of the  government maintained its ground  that  it will not rescind  the decision  to hand over the  General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos to Bi-Courtney.
Following this development, workers and union members of the  Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), carried out a  protest at the  old domestic terminal and Protocol Lounge.

It was gathered that   the protesting workers  barred anybody from gaining  entrance  into  the Corporate Headquarters of the authority  which was under lock.

The workers, numbering over hundred,   defied the harsh sunny condition as they gathered in large number, singing solidarity songs against the  federal government decision.
Among the labour leaders  at the airport  during the protest were Comrade Yinka Abioye,  Deputy General Secretary of Air  Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Peter Ogaba, and Comrade Abdulkareem Motajo, Principal Assistant Secretary of National Union of Air Transport Emplo-yee s(NUATE).

The labour leaders were said to have  informed the workers of  the outcome of the Abuja meeting.

However,  representatives of the workers from National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUA-TE) and Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), that of BASL and the delegation from the Federal Govern-ment  later agreed that they would not shut down the airspace as they threatened to do as government continues to meet with the workers until a resolution is reached.
A senior official in the Presidency told THISDAY, “A meeting was held today and both paries agreed to stay action, the workers agreed to call of the planned strike where they intended to close the airspace and there was mutual understanding reached between Bi-Courtney and the workers. the government will continue to meet with the workers until amicable decision is reached.”
An official of ATSSSAN also confirmed the decision at the meeting but said, “It was agreed that we should stay action and Bi-Courtney should stay action until President Musa Yar’adua returns from Hajj and looks at our grievances and then studies the agreement Bi-Courtney had with FAAN and we reach a resolution on the issues.