FG May Pay Defunct Nigeria Airways Workers in March

February 2, 2017

By Dipo Olowookere

If information reaching us is anything to believe, workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways may finally shout for joy.

This is because there are strong indications that the Federal Government may eventually pay their full benefits about 13 years after the company, then run by the government, was liquidated.

According to Daily Times investigations, the government has done all necessary verifications to ensure payment of the workers whose over 30 percent had died as a result of various ailments since liquidation following their inability to access funds for medical bills and good up keep.

Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, had in a function in Lagos told journalists that his headache was sourcing for funds to settle the former workers of the liquidated Nigeria Airways.

A total of N74 billion is required to offset the former workers bills and the leadership of the ex-workers are agitating for the payment of both the living and their dead colleagues.

It was however gathered that the government has agreed to their demands and has made all necessary documentation to effect payment before March 2017.

The workers were last paid on five years’ calculation between 2007 and 2008 but they are agitating for 25 years pay.

Since the liquidation, the ex-workers of the airline have been living in the trenches fighting for payment of their entitlements.

The airline has lost about 700 workers as a result of ailments while those alive continued with the struggle to get paid.

According to the Secretary General of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professional (ANAP), Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, the payment of former Nigeria Airways workers has been long overdue.

It has gotten to the level when the money will not be relevant when they are paid.

Mr Saidu lamented that the proceeds from the sale of Nigeria Airways till today has not been declared to the public on how much it was sold with all its properties all over the world.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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