By Seriki Adinoyi
Arik Air has been accused of showing utter disrespect to the office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), which directed all the parties to sheath their swords, following the feud between the airline and aviation workers’ union.
A statement signed by the President of the Stakeholders Squaretable, Capt. Balarabe Usman, described the act as incorrigible and arrogant display of disregard for constituted authority.
“We were amazed by a circular from the airline which permanently blacklisted the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. George Uriese, from boarding any of its flights, barely 24 hours after a peace meeting chaired by the SGF, Senator Pius Anyim Pius, who directed all parties to sheath their swords.”
Usman said the action by Arik Air as a further confirmation of its unethical behaviour and disrespect for the persons and offices of Anyim.
Anyim, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chairperson House of Representative Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nkiru Onyejeoka, Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, and the Managing Directors of FAAN, NCAA, AIB, NIMET among several others were part of the highly-publicised meeting where the decision was taken.
The statement reads: “Their resort to listing the MD alongside accused drug traffickers smacks off vendetta and wicked intentions. In any case, the MD or any other Nigerian is not obliged to fly Arik Air.
“We call on the friends of Arik Air to encourage them to begin to adopt acceptable business practices and own up to their liabilities, and discharge their obligations faithfully to their clients.”