Ex-Nigeria Airways Staff: No Place For Nigeria Air In This industry Unless We’re Paid

Ex-Nigeria Airways Staff: No Place For Nigeria Air In This industry Unless We’re Paid

The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) has subtly threatened to disrupt the commencement of flight operations of the new national carrier, Nigeria Air, if the Federal Government refuses to pay the approved severance packages and entitlements of N45 billion for the defunct Nigeria Airways.

ATSSSAN also noted that at least 960 of the slightly above 6,000 staff of the airline, at liquidation, had died in pitiable circumstances since the airline was liquidated by fiat in 2004 by the Federal Government. In a communiqué issued in Abuja at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the weekend, the association emphasised that without the payment of the severance packages, it could not guarantee a safety for the coming national carrier.

The communiqué, jointly signed by Ahmadu Ilitrus and Frances Akinjole, the President and Deputy General Secretary of ATSSAN, respectively, lamented that since the approval was made by President Muhammadu Buhari over a year ago, the government had not made efforts to ensure payment to beneficiaries.

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