FAAN Workers Protest Planned Concession of Major Airports

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By Chinedu Eze

Workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) under the aegis of the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) Tuesday staged a protest to express their disapproval of plans by government to concession the Lagos and Abuja Airports.

A fortnight ago, the federal government gave approval for the concession of the nation’s four major airports, starting with the Lagos and Abuja Airport.

The workers re-emphasised their opposition, arguing that government is not transparent in the process and that it would lead to mass sack of workers without any plan by government to protect their interest.

Scores of FAAN workers stormed the Freedom Square leading to the entrance of FAAN’s headquarters to draw attention to what they described as illegal selling of the airports to people who are unknown to workers.

President of ATSSSAN, Mr. Illitrus Ahmadu, said the workers were opposed to the concession of airports because the template is not clear to them and the parameters being used by government to select the would-be concessionaire.

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