Air Passengers Stranded Nationwide, As Air Traffic Controllers Embark On Strike
Local flights in Nigeria have been delayed for six hours after air traffic controllers in the country went on strike.
The workers embarked on the warning strike on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in order to attract the attention of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to the non-resolution of welfare issues raised last year.
The six-hour strike is said to be a precursor to an indefinite industrial action scheduled to begin on Monday, April 20, 2015.
“It is against the background of no action plan and political will to implement the agreements earlier reached with our association and others that has necessitated this corresponding action by air traffic controllers in Nigeria,”National President of the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), Victor Eyaru said in a statement on Thursday.
“Today’s action will last six hours only as a warning sign but in preparation for a major and total industrial action which shall commence on Monday April 20, 2015, if relevant government bodies continue to threat air traffic controllers issues with utmost levy or neglect,” he added.
The situation has left many passengers stranded at airports around Nigeria, especially the Murtala Mohammed Airport which is the busiest in the country.