- The federal government has promised to pay the remaining 50 per cent of the severance package of the pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways
- The minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the previous governments failed to pay the ex-workers since 2003 when the airline was relegated
- According to Hadi Sirika, the aviation sector has recorded significant achievements in the present administration
The minister of state for aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, February 21, declared that it would pay the remaining 50 per cent of the severance package of the pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways.
Daily Trust reports that Sirika who made this known in a chat with newsmen, however, expressed surprise that the previous governments failed to pay the ex-workers since 2003 when the airline was relegated.
It was learnt that the federal government had late last year paid 50 per cent of the entitlements of about 6000 Nigeria Airways pensioners after over 14 years of agitation.
According to him, “You don’t treat your citizens bad and expect the younger ones to put in their best into the system, but President Buhari ensured that they were paid part of their benefits. I can however assure you that the remaining balance would be paid as promised.”
He said the aviation sector has recorded significant achievements in the present administration especially in the areas of safety, growing domestic operations, reintroduction of zero import duties on aircraft, engine and spare parts.
The minister disclosed that the government’s intervention in Aero and Arik Air had saved huge jobs in the sector.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some pensioners and ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways gave accounts of the trauma untold hardship they went through for the more than 14 years they were retrenched without payment of their pensions and benefits.
The pensioners and ex-workers who exclusively spoke in Lagos said they went through hardship before the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came to the rescue.
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The former workers and pensioners had organised a rally on Friday, February 8, in Lagos to show appreciation to the president for approving the payment of their pension arrears and other benefits after 14 years of waiting.
The over 5000 Nigeria airways workers, who said they had been “abandoned, humiliated and frustrated by previous administrations’’, undertook a solidarity procession in Ikeja to drum support for the re-election bid of Buhari.
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