Lower than 24 hours to the sooner menace issued by the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) to close down airports throughout the nation following the 7-month-old strike by the Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) over unpaid collected welfare, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has beefed up safety across the main airports.
That is simply as key gamers within the nation’s aviation sector have described the contemplation of the scholars to close down the airports as a incorrect resolution that won’t deliver the required options.
Talking with the Nigerian Tribune on cellphone, the spokesperson of FAAN, Mrs Trustworthy Hope-Ivbaze stated beneath the prevailing circumstances that FAAN will do every thing doable to guard. The airports from being disrupted.
Her phrases: You recognize FAAN is not going to maintain quiet beneath this situation, all safety operatives are at alert. You recognize all of us have safety operatives on the airport as a result of we all know that issues like this can at all times occur, due to this fact to guard properties, amenities and even lives of passengers, FAAN isn’t resting on its oars to do what’s needful.”
A administration official on the Nigerian Airspace Administration Company (NAMA), the company answerable for the coordination of plane touchdown and take off, vis a vis flight operations by means of the providers rendered by the air site visitors controllers stated there was no trigger for alarm as flight operations is not going to be disrupted.
Reacting to the deliberate shutdown, a former army commandant of the Murtala Muhammed airport and the the managing director of Centurion Safety Companies, Group Captain John Ojikutu, retired, declared that the contemplation of NANS threatening to close down all airports to hit authorities onerous with a purpose to accede to the calls for of ASUU was not the very best resolution.
In response to Ojikutu: “The very fact stays that in a state of affairs like this, considering of going to close down airports has no bearing with the matter at hand, nonetheless no correlation. It behoves on NANS to know that civi aviation is very regulated and any try of protest round such very sacred nationwide facility impacts the sovereignty of the nation.
“Airports usually are not markets locations, as they’re extremely safety managed . Even such protest by NANS can’t be condoned on the semi restricted space of the landslide space of the airport. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. The thought by NANS shutting down civil aviation is ill- conceived, certainly an aberration and as such ought to be discountenanced.
“Moderately NANS ought to go to Nationwide Meeting complicated and the Federal Ministry of Training in peaceable protest in any other case the assault canines of the State will eat them, in the event that they are typically unruly and damaging.”
The Chairman NANS’ Nationwide Job Pressure on ‘Finish ASUU Strike Now,’ Ojo Olumide, who spoke in Akure, Ondo State had criticised the Federal Authorities’s ‘No work no pay’ describing it as unacceptable to them.
Olumide who described the sooner 4-day shutdown of busy highways and expressways in Lagos and different locations as successful, went forward to trace of plans by the scholars to shutdown worldwide travels from Monday, September 19, 2022, to ensure that “the bourgeois and the federal government to really feel the pains the scholars had been subjected to up to now seven months.”
His phrases: “Grounding the airports is for us to get solidarity and we’ll carry on grounding the native and worldwide airports they usually know the impact of us grounding the airport.
“The one factor we request for from them is to open our campuses again. We name on the Buhari authorities to pay all excellent arrears and salaries of the lecturers. The coverage of “No Work No Pay” is a fascist one. It’s, due to this fact condemnable and non-acceptable to all of the hundreds of thousands of scholars in Nigeria. We are going to, by this assertion, not beg once more. We will be mobilizing all college students to close down the nation. No Training! No Motion,” he added.