Former workers of the now moribund Nigeria Airways on Wednesday shutdown activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos over delayed in payment of their entitlements which they estimated to be over N78 billion.
Though our correspondent did not get to the venue of the protest on time, organizer told FRONTIERNEWS that the affected demonstrators started their protests at about 8.00 a.m., a situation that further worsened the vehicular gridlock around the airport for over two hours.
By the time our correspondent caught up with the aggrieved workers most of who are at an advanced age they were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions.
Addressing journalists later, the Chairman of the Nigeria Airways chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Mr Sam Nzene said it was unfortunate that the former workers were yet to receive their entitlements in spite of the President’s approval.
“We understand the funds are ready because bond was floated and the bond has since matured in June, but up till now, what we are saying is that nobody has called us for negotiations on the next line of action.
“By now, we should be working with the unit that has been mandated to pay us, but up till now they are doing the payment in secret. They do not want us to know. Even the aviation ministry is not so much in the know of what they are doing, so we want the President to please call those concerned to order.
“We are not seriously quarreling that we have not been paid, but that the union should be aware of what they are doing, so that we can equally tell our members to remain calm that we will get our money.”
According to him, the union has written several letters and made attempts to see the officers in the unidentified unit.
“Since the approval came, nobody has told us what has been approved, but as long as we are concerned, our money is N78 billion; 5,909 workers and pensioners are to benefit,” he said.