June 8, 2024

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Aviation unions withdraw services to Imo-bound flights

AVIATION sector unions have directed their workers to withdraw services to all Owerri flights in Imo state, from all airports in Nigeria.
The development comes on the back of a proposed nationwide strike in the state by the leadership of the Organised Labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Joe Ajaero, president of NLC, was reportedly picked up from the Imo council secretariat of the congress in Owerri by heavily armed police officers last week Wednesday.
NLC says Ajaero was brutalised and blindfolded immediately after security operatives arrested him.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, four aviation unions say Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma is also “banned” from “entering every airport nationwide.”
The statement is issued by National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
It is signed by general secretaries of the unions Ocheme Aba (NUATE), Frances Akinjole (deputy, ATSSSAN), Abdul Rasaq Saidu (ANAP) and Umoh Ofonime (deputy, NAAPE).
The aviation unions say all aviation workers, both public and private, should “withdraw all services to all Owerri flights (inwards and outwards) from any airport in Nigeria with effect from 00.01 hours (today) Thursday.”
They say their decision is due to the “mayhem” unleashed on workers and the state government’s continued insensitivity, as well as to comply with the directive of the joint NEC session of NLC and TUC.
“In addition, the person of Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State is hereby declared persona-non-grata at all airports in Nigeria,” the aviation unions say.
“Furthermore, all aviation workers in Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri are hereby directed to stay at home, also with effect from midnight today (Wednesday) as directed by NLC and TUC,” the unions say in their statement.