The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Act which prohibits industrial actions around airports has been assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sirika stated this during a chat with State House correspondents, saying that the government will ensure that no essential service is disrupted by anyone no matter how aggrieved.
This disclosure comes after several international and flights across local and international airports were grounded on Monday following a strike action by the workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) over salary increment.
The aviation minister further enjoined aggrieved workers to deploy other channels to resolve the issues, as the government is open to listen. He insisted that workers strike action is wrong, inhuman and not allowed.
Sirika, who also apologised to Nigerians for the inconvenience caused by the strike,
He disclosed that the Federal Executive Council approved contracts worth over N10 billion, for the aviation ministry to be used for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Hadejia airstrip, the construction of control tower and technical building in Enugu Airport and for procurement of utility vehicles.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, was promulgated in 1999 and passed by the senate in January 2022.
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