About two thousand (2,000) Nigerian aviation workers may be sacked by foreign airlines as a result of the workers inability to transfer their earnings to their respective home countries to meet operational costs in accordance with international rules because of the new Central Bank of Nigeria , CBN, policy on forex and fund transfer.
This was revealed by the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and made available to the press.
NUATE Acting General Secretary, Comrade Olayinka Abioye called on the Federal Government to intervene in the situation and prevent the huge job loss, adding that the plan has destabilized the affected workers.
Comrade Abioye explained that the reason for this danger is that their earnings in the past year has been under lock with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN , as they are unable to transfer these earnings to their respective home countries to meet operational costs in accordance with international rules.
“Following concerns raised recently by leaders of these workers and other stakeholders and in appreciation of the good intent of the government’s fiscal policy, we humbly make this clarion call for your (Minister) intervention to grant foreign airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries.”
“We hasten to place on the front burner an emerging threat confronting over 2, 000 private sector aviation workers in Nigeria which requires your intervention to forestall imminent loss of jobs of these number of workers,” Abioye said.
The NUATE boss expressed fears that if the foreign airlines went ahead with the sacking of the workers it would not be in the interest of the aviation sector and Nigeria as a whole.