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Unions kick as Kenya Airways lays off 22 Nigerian employees

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Aviation unions have threatened a showdown with the East African carrier, Kenya Airways, over the disengagement of 22 out of its 26 Nigerian workers.

It was learnt that the 22 employees were issued sack letter on Friday with only four workers including the Country Manager, Mr. Afeez Balogun, retained.

Also retained were the Station Manager and two other staff.

Sources told our correspondent that security men were mobilised at the point of issuing the letter to prevent a likelihood of breakdown of law and order.

The sack, according to the affected workers, came at a time the union in the aviation industry, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), is negotiating with the airline for improved workers’ welfare.

It would be recalled that the union had last year grounded the operations of the airline over poor condition of service.

An agreement was then entered into by the parties to implement new condition of service for the workers.

The General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye, confirmed the sack, saying however that the unilateral disengagement would not stand, describing it as illegal.

He said: “We have been agitating for the review of terms and conditions of employment in Kenya Airways for about two years.

“We started the process and somewhere along the line, the management of Kenya Airways said they were doing restructuring exercise because of the financial conditions of the airline. In the meantime, we have even agreed to certain reviews approved by both parties and only waiting for implementation.

“That was one of the reasons we embarked on the picketing we did last December. Then, after the picketing, we were invited and we concluded the review. After the review, we discovered that our Nigerian staff were being owed about 26 months monetary benefits. They claimed that they won’t be able to pay all, but after the consultations, we agreed for 16 months to be paid the workers.

“In between, they introduced a new shift into the discussion, saying that going forward they want to replace all business plans with new business plans called General Sales Agent (GSA), which means they want to engage a travelling agency to handle the ticket sales and reservation and all the workers would be sacked.”

As of the time of filing this report, an electronic mail sent to the management of Kenya Airways is yet to be replied. (Daily Trust)

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FG Reconstitutes Governing Boards Of Parastatals Under Federal Ministry of Transportation

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-constitution of members of the Governing Boards of Parastatals within the purview of the Ministry Transportation.

In a press release today April 6, 2022 signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Transport, Eric Ojiekwe, the following Parastatals Boards have been approved for reconstitution:

i. Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)
ii. Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT)
iii. Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (MAN, ORON)
iv. National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
v. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

The Board members are as follows:
i. Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)
a. Lawal Sama’ila Abdullahi – Chairman
b. Rufai Ahmed Akambi – Member
c. Usen Ekong Udoh – Member
d. Otunba Oluseyi Oduntan – Member
e. Violet Oliatan Williams – Member
f. Mohammed Allamin Kam-Salem – Member
g. Hon. Emmanuel Lyambee Jime – Executive Secretary/CEO

ii. Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT)
a. Hon Ejike Njeze – Chairman
b. Alh. Amuda Seriki – Member
c. Mr. Muhiydeen Sani Awwal – Member
d. Mr. Paul Eluhaiwe – Member
e. Hon. Gbenga Elegbele – Member
f. Sen. Tutare Abubakar – Member
g. Dr. Bayaro S. Farah – Director-General/CEO

iii. Maritime Academy of Nigeria, (MAN, ORON)
a. Rear Adm. Jacob Adekunle Ajani – Chairman
b. Alh. Abdullah Nurudeen – Member
c. Larry Odeh – Member
d. Commodore D. E. Effedua – Rector/CEO

iv. National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
a. Hon. Binta Masi Garba – Chairman
b. Chibuike Ikenga – Member
c. Chief (Dr) George N. Moghalu – Managing Director/CEO

v. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
a. Chief Akinwunmi Ricketts – Chairman
b. Sen. Ayogu Eze – Member
c. Ghazali Moh’d – Member
d. Abdullazeez Nyako – Member
e. Abdulwahab Adeshina – Member
f. Mustapha Aminu Dutse – Member
g. Ms. Adenrele Susana Adeshina – Executive Director, Finance
h. Mohammed Bello Koko – Managing Director/CE

  1. The inauguration of the Boards by the Minister of Transportation will be conveyed in due course.
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Rail Incidence: FG Asks Nigerians To Contribute Money For Patients’ Treatment

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The Federal Government has asked Nigerians to raise funds for the treatment of those who sustained injuries when bandits attacked a train heading to Kaduna State from the FCT.

Grassroots.ng reported earlier how bandits gunned down at least nine persons, while many others sustained different degrees of injuries during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

The incident has triggered reactions since Monday, as Nigerians lament the level of insecurity ravaging the nation at the moment.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who spoke when he visited the victims who are being treated at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna on Wednesday, revealed that the army had not charged the patients a dime.

Amaechi asked Nigerians to liaise with the hospital to contribute money as some of the patients who have bullets in their body may need surgery.

He said, “They said they have only seven (patients) left and the rest have been discharged. The ministry, and I think the federal government, are grateful to the Nigerian Army for providing such services.

“But one thing I have said to the Nigerian people is to liaise with the hospital management and see how much money they can contribute for the treatment of the patients”.

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Nigeria Will Spend At Least N3bn To Replace What Was Lost During Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack

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It will take more than N3 billion to replace what had been lost to the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail route, the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi said on Tuesday.

Terrorists had attacked a train on the route on Monday, killing at least eight persons.

Many are also believed to have been abducted.

Amaechi, speaking to reporters after visiting the scene of the attack, said the unfortunate event could have been avoided if a N3 billion digital security equipment had been acquired.

“We knew what the problem would be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment. We applied for it.

“Because if we had those equipment, you will see nobody on that track. And I warned that lives will be lost. Now, lives are lost. Eight persons dead, 25 persons in the hospital.

We don’t know how many persons have been kidnapped. And the cost of that equipment is just N3 billion. The cost of what we’ve lost is more than N3 billion. We’ve lost tracks, we’ve lost locomotives and coaches. We’ve lost human beings. And the equipment is just N3 billion.

“To fix all the things on that track now, will cost us more than N3 billion. And now even the things we said give us approval to buy – at the time we asked for it, dollar was N400, now it is N500. When you come with sincerity to government and your colleagues and people are stopping you, it is annoying.”

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