Operations in Nigeria’s aviation sector have been hampered, leaving many passengers stranded, as aviation unions begin a two-day warning strike today.
Union members have blocked the gate to the Murtala Muhammad Airport domestic terminal, stranding several travelers.
This follows a meeting called by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority that resulted in a stalemate, with the unions insisting on continuing the strike.
Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General of Civil Aviation, convened the meeting to persuade the unions to call off their planned two-day warning strike, which was attended by union representatives.
Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, was also present at the meeting.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, and Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals are among the unions.
They are demanding, among other things, that the planned demolition of the aviation agencies’ headquarters in Lagos be postponed, as well as the implementation of the aviation agencies’ staff’s terms of service.
Comrade Frances Akinjole, Deputy General Secretary of ATSSSAN, stated in a brief interview last night following the meeting, “As I speak to you, nothing has changed.” If you do not hear from the General Secretary, the strike will continue.”
He later texted back, stating, “The strike is proceeding as planned.” When the unions sing solidarity songs, security operators, including police and military officers, are on the ground.