Organised labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Commerce Union Congress have shut down the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, as a part of its ongoing demonstrations towards the manhandling of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo state on November 1.
The union leaders and members descended upon the airport on Thursday morning, cordoning off essential entry. witnesses reported an entire standstill of vehicular site visitors on the airport’s entry roads and driveways resulting in very important terminals, leaving airport workers and passengers stranded, with some resorting to trekking into the power.
The spokesperson for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Yakubu Henrietta, had but to answer inquiries concerning the potential affect of the disruptions on scheduled flights.
With the airport successfully barricaded, the chance of flight disruptions, delays, and cancellations looms, probably extending to worldwide flights.
Mr Ajaero was in Imo State in October the place he had been attending consultations and publicly participating points affecting the members of the union within the state. He convened a press convention on October 30 the place he highlighted grievances of organised labour towards the state. They embody excellent wage arrears, “unjust” and non-transparent labelling of 11,000 employees as ghost staff, unsettled gratuities, non-compliance with the N30,000 minimal wage act, and the declaration of 10,000 pensioners as ghost retirees.
In response to those points, he introduced demonstrations towards the state authorities, urging achievement of its obligations to employees.
“…that is to exhibit our outrage and cease the persevering with violation of the rights and privileges of employees within the state,” he mentioned.
Subsequently, Mr Ajaero was arrested and subjected to extreme brutality by a bunch of people, led by officers of the police power however consisting of each state and non-state actors. The labour unions allege that there have been sturdy indications that the syndicate was executing the orders of Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The governor, at present searching for re-election on Saturday, appears involved in regards to the potential adversarial affect of the demonstrations on his political ambition,
The unions condemned the assault on Mr Ajaero and demanded that the Federal Authorities examine the matter and take steps which embody however aren’t restricted to the sanctioning and removing of the commissioner of police within the Imo state command together with his subordinates on the space command the place the hatchet job was executed.
The demand additionally included an impartial and unbiased skilled medical examination of Mr Ajaero to determine the extent of the bodily and psychological accidents he suffered, and the overall implementation of all excellent agreements reached with the Imo State Authorities.
The NLC issued November 14 because the deadline for the federal government to adjust to the calls for however efforts have been already being made by way of the demonstrations in Lagos and Abuja to sign the unions’ seriousness and dedication to urgent for justice and accountability.
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