Saturday, 3 September 2016


The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said that the primary purpose of government is to encourage existing business and to provide jobs for the populace.

The minister stated this in Lagos at the headquarters of Aero airlines where he paid an unscheduled visit and met demonstrating workers.

He appealed to the workers to disperse till Monday when he promised to return with a feedback after his meeting with AMCON,  Aero Management and other critical stakeholders.

“We will look into your demands, and come out with solutions that are mutually beneficial to the staff, management and the Government” he added.

Speaking further, Sen Hadi said that the APC Government is committed to creating jobs and improving the general wellbeing of Nigerians as enshrined in its manifestos.

The workers unanimously agreed to the minister’s request to suspend the demonstration and disperse till Monday.

The Minister who arrived amidst the demonstration also joined the workers in a show of solidarity.

The workers earlier paid glowing tribute to the Minister for not only intervening but coming in person in a rare show of humility.

Sen Hadi was accompanied by Capt Usman Muktar, Director General of NCAA, Engr Oluwafemi Ogunode, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, FAAN and Dr Ibrahim Idris from the Minister's office.

The interaction also attracted Mr Benjamin Okewu, President of NUATE, Meggisson, Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria and other critical stakeholders who came in solidarity with the Honourable minister.

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