By Chuks Ekpeneru
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has held a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to discuss the recent sacking of some pilots by aviation firms.
Also present at the meeting was Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema.
GWG learnt the meeting may lead to recall of some of the sacked pilots as Onyema may have acceded to the Minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under.
The NAAPE chairman, Galadima Abednego, had appealed to the Minister to intervene in the standoff.
He lamented the fate of pilots had been thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.
Onyema, expressed his sadness and disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots after everything is done to make them comfortable on their jobs.
He said Air Peace had given its best to the pilots especially haven trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers.
He also said the staff are getting the best remuneration package within the sector only for them to disappoint at a time their understanding was needed.
Intervening in the matter, Sirika solicited the understanding of everyone, especially the Labour unions, of the prevailing situation in the aviation industry, saying it was not the time for unnecessary upheavals.