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Senate says reopening of airports on June 21 unrealistic

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The Senate on Thursday, via its Committee on Aviation, said re-opening of nation’s airports for operation on June 21 was unrealistic, following concerns raised by workers in the aviation industry.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi), gave the position when the committee met with officials of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Air Transport Services.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the union officials had raised concerns experienced by the workers from their various employers.

They told the committee, in their separate presentations, that workers had not been paid salaries for some months, while some were paid half or received quarter salary by their various
employers since the  COVID-19 lockdown began in March.

The representatives of the aviation workers also noted that there was need for a special financial intervention and provision of necessary protocols, protective systems in view of the COVID-19 pandemic before reopening the airports for operations.

Adeyemi said the senate was concerned about the issues raised by the aviation workers on their challenges, given that aviation sector was key to the social economic development of any country.

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