Some air travellers at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja have appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Labour Congress (TUC) to reconsider their proposed nationwide strike scheduled for Nov. 14.
They made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
According to them, embarking on a nationwide strike would adversely affect all the sectors of the national economy.
NAN reports that the NLC and TUC have declared a nationwide strike following the brutalisation of NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, during a workers’ protest by the police in Imo State.
A passenger, Mr Frank Olishe, appealed to the unions to explore other options to express their grievances.
” For many hours at NAIA yesterday, flights were delayed and economic activities were severely affected by union protest.
This nation doesn’t need this at this time. We all know that the national economy is not stable yet.
” Starting another more considerable protest next will be disastrous for our dear country,” he said.
Similarly, Mrs Margret Madueke, who was waiting for her scheduled flight from Abuja to Kano, said, “The airport is not a good place for protest or any violent practice.
Here is a busy environment. You can see many things in motion. Safety with security of people and properties should be paramount.”
Meanwhile, Mr Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Federal Airport Authority Authority (FAAN) said that the situation in the airport is now normal.
“There is normalcy at the airport right now. We have to discuss with them, we have to appeal to them yesterday.
Everything has been restored. They all left the airport premises in the afternoon yesterday.
” FAAN is doubling its efforts to ensure safety , security and comfort of all airport users, ” he said.