Aviation employees’ unions have dragged the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to court docket over the deliberate concession of main airports throughout the nation.
The employees’ unions comprising Air Transport Providers Senior Workers Affiliation of Nigeria; Nationwide Union of Air Transport Staff; Affiliation of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUB-FAAN Department) filed the swimsuit within the Lagos division of the Nationwide Industrial Courtroom on March 14,2023 by way of their lawyer, Funmi Falana of Falana and Falana Chambers, a collection of court docket paperwork obtained by our correspondent on Thursday in Abuja revealed.
The employees famous that that the Sirika and FAAN shouldn’t have the authority to provoke a concession deal on the Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport, Kano; Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Port Harcourt; Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory with out the consent and authorisation of the Federal Authorities, the 36 state governments and the 774 native authorities councils.
The employees are searching for an injunction from the court docket to restrain Sirika and FAAN from privatising the airports.
“Restrain the defendants (Sirika and FAAN) from figuring out the employment of the members of the claimants with out complying with the provisions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act (CAP F5) Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Reviewed Circumstances of Service 2021, in any method, in any way and howsoever,” one of many court docket paperwork learn.
Economic Confidential experiences that Sirika in October 2022 formally unveiled the bidders for the Lagos, Abuja and Kano terminals, signifying the tip of the Request for Proposals part of the Nigeria Airports Concession Programme.
Talking at a media briefing in Abuja, Sirika mentioned the bidders emerged after passing by way of set standards designed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Fee and guided by the Nationwide Coverage of Public Non-public Partnership.