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FAAN WORKERS THREATEN STRIKE, REJECT ABUJA AIRPORT, OTHERS’ CONCESSION

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FAAN WORKERS THREATEN STRIKE, REJECT ABUJA AIRPORT, OTHERS’ CONCESSION

Workers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday staged a protest against plans by the concession plan of the Federal Government for Nigeria’s four major international airports.

Employees under various unions in the aviation sector vowed to resist the moves by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to give out the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano international airports on concession.

They asserted that the mentioned airports were the most profitable in Nigeria and the concession of the facilities would lead to job losses and vowed to hold down if the concession process continued.

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Mr Sirika had commenced the concession process for the NAIA; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos; and the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State.

He had stated that the concession was part of the reforms in the aviation sector and had argued that it would create more jobs.

But the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria jointly rejected the move.

According to them, the concession exercise was in bad faith, as they threatened to shut the entire sector if the minister continued with the concession plan.

In his address at the protest in Abuja, the Chairman, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Ahmed Yusuf, said, “We are protesting because during the lockdown, the Minister of Aviation surprisingly received the Outline Business Case certificate for the concession of the four most viable airports out of the 22 airports in Nigeria.

“This came as a surprise and an insincere act. It lacked transparency and the staff were not carried along. We totally reject the concession because it is not transparent.”

Yusuf added that the concession of the four viable airports would mean the death of the remaining 18 airports which depend on them (the four).

He said, “It is a disaster waiting to happen and definitely jobs will be lost. The Lagos airport alone can sustain the 22 airports so why the concession?”

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has identified four shipping companies responsible for the gridlock caused by heavy duty trucks on Oshodi-Apapa expressway.

The union specifically accused the companies of deliberately keeping their trucks and their containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from their already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers.

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A statement on Sunday evening by the President-General of the Union, Adewale Adeyanju, the union issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal government and Lagos state government within which they should call the companies to order.

The Union threatened to embark on industrial action to protect its members, should the government fail to address their demands.

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 326-kilometre Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and Railway Ancillary Facility Yard at Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex, in Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State.

President Buhari  In a virtual inauguration of the rail line On Tuesday, directed the Federal Ministry of Transportation to link all the nation’s seaports of origin and destination to the rail network in order to significantly improve the nation’s overall transportation capacities.

He added that his administration recognizes the importance of the railway mode of transportation as a an important support for industrialization and economic development.

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“I have approved the prioritization of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce.

“The railway infrastructure that I have the honour to commission today is the rail line from Itakpe via the steel town complex of Ajaokuta to Warri, and it is an important link for the country’s economy as the central rail line.

“We have also approved linking this line further from Itakpe to Abuja, thereby connecting the Northern zones of the country and also extending southwards to link the Warri Ports,” Buhari said.

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NLC Gives FG 14 Day Ultimatum to Review Electricity and Petrol Price Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The President of the Nigeria Labour congress, Ayuba Wabba, while addressing the press at the end of the body’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that Nigerians were disappointed in the increment of both items by the government.

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Wabba said that the CWC meeting focused on the two challenges and solutions to them while assuring Nigerians that it would also mobilize its members, civil society allies and other social partners to try to resist the policies.

“We are surprised that at a time other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19, Nigerians are asked to pay more for fuel and electricity.

“In furtherance to this, the CWC also resolved to convene a meeting of the NEC in line with our constitution, on Sept. 22, 2020.

“This is to also give effect to the decision because the proposed action will commence on Monday, September 28, 2020 `if the issues are not addressed,’’ he said.

He added that the declining economic power was evident among many as the N30,000 minimum wage could is not sufficient for many workers and their families hence the ultimatum.

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