The Federal Government has assured Aero Contractors staff that they will not lose their jobs.
Aero Contractors announced that its operations will be suspended from Thursday, September 1, 2016.
This move has however angered the airline’s staff, who decided to go protest their employer’s decision.
According to Punch, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika met the protesting workers at Aero Contractors’ headquarters in Lagos state on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Sirika said “The primary purpose of government is to help to promote, nurse, sustain, develop, keep businesses so that they can continue to provide services and employ our people. So it is not the government of APC that will kill jobs and close down shops. Our intent is to promote jobs and promote businesses in Nigeria so that businesses will be growing.”
Pleading with the protesting workers to disperse, the minister said “We will look into your demands, and come out with solutions that are mutually beneficial to the staff, management and the government.”
Some hours after the suspension of Aero Contractors operations, another airline First Nation also suspended its operations.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Muhtar Usman, has however dismissed insinuations that the airlines closed shop due to the current economic situation in the country.