Aviation union threatens to shut down airports over ASUU strike

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has threatened to shut down airports in Nigeria as a result of the long-lasting strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the union’s General Secretary, Abdulrasaq Saidu on Monday.

This development follows the announcement by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on a 2-day nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the striking lecturers.

The association called on Buhari to end the strike without further delay. It said the over four-month strike had ridiculed Nigeria’s educational system and made it a laughing stock.

Saidu said the continuing stay at home by students of tertiary institutions has added to social vices in the country as they engaged in some unpalatable activities capable of destroying their future.

ASUU Strike

The association also stated that education remained the bedrock of any country aspiring for greatness, noting that the ASUU strike will eventually lead to a regrettable situation in future if not well-handled.

ANAP threatened that they will join in the strike by closing the aviation sector if the government did not take urgent necessary steps to address the striking lecturer’s demands. It added that all members have been put on alert in solidarity actions on the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

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The association noted that ASUU, NASU, SAUTHRIAI and NAAT had been on strike for more than four months due to the apparent failure of government to sign the re-negotiated 2009 Agreement with ASUU, failure to honour the terms reached in May 2022 MoU signed with ASUU, and habitual failure of government to respect Collective Bargaining Agreements willingly signed with labour Unions.

“Our children are using eight years to read courses of four years with resources being wasted. We cannot continue this way,” ANAP stated.

Saidu said that parents are not left out in the suffering as a result of the strike as the poor economy has affected most homes in Nigeria.

The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) in a statement by its national president, Anthony Abakpa and general secretary Mohammed Sheikh said if after the one-day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no other option than to call out all members in banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU.

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