”Airport concession lacks transparency”, “Nigeria rise against siege on our common patrimony”, “job loss looms in the aviation industry “, and “FAAN pay our pension liabilities”.
These are various inscriptions bearing on placards carried by
Ibadan Airport workers under the umbrella body of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employee (NUATE) on Monday.
The workers staged a peaceful protest within the premises of Ibadan Airport over the Federal Government’s plan to concession four International airports in the country.
Other inscriptions read: “Our airports are undervalued,” ” Federal Government, please resolve MM2 concession,” “Airport concession a threat to aviation industry,” “Chinese loan repayment threatened by concession ” and “selective concession ploy to destroy FAAN.”
Speaking at the event, Mr Oyewole Olayade, Chairman of ATSSSAN, who spoke on behalf of the unions, said the peaceful protest was to air views on the policy of government to the proposed concession of the four International airports.
According to Olayade, the airports are that of the Muritala Mohammed in Lagos, Aminu Kano in Kano state, Nnamdi Azikwe in Abuja and the one in Port Harcourt.
“The Federal Government claimed that the airports are underdeveloped and that it can not continue to fund the airports again.”
“Government now believe that it should invite private investors to come forward to invest so that there would be fund to develop the airports.”
“But our stand has always be transparency, as a critical stakeholders, because we are the workers and suppose to be carried along in whatever government want to do concerning concession of these four major airports; because these are where the bulk of our revenues are being generated,” he stated