The federal government has tendered an apology to workers in the aviation sector over the recent industrial action which grounded flights at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
Addressing State House Correspondents on Wednesday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated that there are other ways of channelling issues.
Sirika who described the industrial action as "wrong, inhumane and against the law" promised to enforce the relevant sections of the Civil Aviation Act 2022 to prevent future disruptions.
“This is very important to the travelling public. First, we apologise to them; our teeming passengers in this difficult moment.
“Second, this will not happen in the future by the grace of God. And the reason is simple; aviation is an essential service.
"The Act has been assented to by Mr President, so strikes and riots around our airports are prohibited by the laws of the land.
“Now that we have the Act in place and assented to by Mr President and passed by the National Assembly, we will deal with it according to the law", he stated.
“We will ensure no essential service is being disrupted by anybody no matter how aggrieved.
"There are other channels of channelling issues when they arise but they are not permitted to go on strike because aviation is an essential service and is by the law of the land now.
“I will give you an example; there was an airline that had to return to base because it couldn’t land. Imagine if there was a patient on that aircraft.
"Imagine somebody attending to a very serious issue or matter at hand or business or a student trying to catch up with an exam and then because of somebody who is aggrieved some other person will die.
“Government will no longer allow that. So it’s in the law of the land, check the Civil Aviation Act, it’s been assented to and it’s going to take place soon, in fact now, from today we will not allow that.
“As a government, our ears are always open, the government is open to listening to any grievances and there are procedures for dealing with this kind of grievances.
"They should please desist from this. It is wrong. It is inhumane. It is not allowed.
"It is not permitted and we will not be permitted any longer", Sirika added.
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