NAMA to Keep Airspace Open

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The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has assured travelers that it would not close the airspace in response to the planned strike by labour over the government’s decision to concession Lagos and Abuja airports. The agency said following an emergency meeting between NAMA management and representatives of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria (AISAN) and the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE), where the issue of the proposed strike action by the United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) scheduled to take effect from Monday, September 18, 2017 was discussed, the above unions dissociated themselves from the said strike. “It is pertinent to inform the general public that while NAAE denied membership of the United Labour Congress, AISAN and ANAP whose members are in NAMA have assured the agency of their decision not to join the strike. The agency therefore wishes to reassure the general public of full compliments of air navigation service provision throughout the period of the intended strike if it takes place,” NAMA said in a statement signed by its management. The aviation unions representing the workers have expressed their objection to the planned concession of the airports, saying that workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria was being carried along by the federal government.