Aviation workers mull strike, shut down airports in solidarity with ASUU

The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has threatened to shut down the country’s airports in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), if necessary steps are not taken to address the demands of the striking varsity lecturers.

The ASUU had on February 14, 2022, embarked on a 4-week total comprehensive strike to press home their unresolved demands on the Federal Government.

The Union had further extended its ongoing strike by another 12 weeks on May 9 to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues after an extension on March 14 due to an alleged lack of seriousness on the part of the Federal Government.

But ANAP, through a statement issued by its General Secretary Abdulrasaq Saidu, called on President Mohammadu Buhari to end the strike without further delay.

The association noted that the four month-old strike has made the Nigerian educational system a subject of ridicule. It said that ASUU, NASU, SAUTHRIAI, NAAT are forced to go on strike due to the apparent failure of government to sign the re-negotiated 2009 Agreement with ASUU, failure to honour the terms reached at in May 2022 MoU signed with ASUU, and habitual failure of government to respect collective bargaining agreements willingly signed with labour Unions.

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