The minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, yesterday assured the protesting workers of Aero Contractors that the government will do everything possible to see that the airline does not collapse.
He said that he will save the airline from imminent death and also save the workers from losing their job.
Towards that he said that the government will restructure the airline.
He told the workers that the federal government will make sure that the problem that the airline is facing will be resolve amicably.
While addressing the workers, he told them that it is the responsibility of government to create jobs and would not allow any business that creates employment to die while he is still in charge.
Senator Sirika gave the assurance when he addressed workers of Aero Contractors, who occupied its headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The minister, while addressing the protesting workers, told them that he would meet with the management of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the management of Aero Contractors to discuss how their problems can be solved amicably.
“I landed from Riyadh to Lagos.
“Before I left Riyadh, I was informed by the people in charge in Aero, that things were getting worse.
“That they have only one airplane operational at the moment.
“And I said to myself, since I have time between my flight to Lagos and coming back to Abuja…
“I decided to come and see Aero, probably discuss a few issues with the managers and probably see the staff.
“But unfortunately I came here and saw that there is a protest going on, so I had to stop by, listen, discuss and come to an agreement”
Continuing, he said: “The primary purpose of government, especially this APC government is to help to promote, nurse, sustain, develop and keep business so that they can continue to provide services and employ our people.
“So it is not the government of APC that will kill jobs and close down shops, our intention is to promote jobs and promote businesses in Nigeria, so that business will be growing,” he said.
The minister told the workers that they have right to protest.
“He told them that the federal government will look into their matter and find a way of resolving whatever is the problem concerning the airline so that they can be back on track.
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