Morning operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Niger capital city, we’re Grounded Tuesday as airport workers protested plans by the Muhammadu Buhari government to Concession the airport.
The UNION understands that FG has concluded plans to Concession four of its airports.
Fearing job losses and other consequences of the action, the airport workers, operate under the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) embarked on a peaceful protest during which they vowed not to allow the plan go through.
One of the workers who spoke with THE UNION alleged that the nation’s four busiest airports have been marked for Concession including the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
He claimed that the Concession agreement which they had sighted does not guarantee their jobs.
The protesting workers also claimed that Concession of airports is an action against the security of Nigeria arguing that Concessionaire may collude with dissident groups to breach security of the country as Nigeria’s security apparatus would not have much to do in a private firm.
NUATE members also used the opportunity to voice their disapproval of unfair employment policies at the airport which included secret recruitment services and placement of fresh graduates in higher positions against fair promotion rules.
The secret employment is against the spirit of Federal Character rules which mandates that employments into federal civil service must be advertised and recruitment services conducted to reflect Nigeria’s geographical diversity.
Below are some photos taken at the protest.