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Just In: Air passengers stranded in Lagos as NUATE embarks on strike

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Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Nigerian aviation workers on Monday protested over the poor condition of service and the failure of the management of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc to increase their salaries.

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This situation caused disruptions with international flights heavily affected.

SaharaReporters learnt that both passenger and cargo handling activities were disrupted at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos when the NAHCO protested.

There were crowds at the passenger check-in counters as flight operations were suspended for the airlines that are serviced by the company.

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“Passengers are stranded at the Lagos airport as aviation union protests over salary increment.

“NAHCO staff members are the ones protesting and international flights are heavily affected; they are all stuck at the airport,” a source told SaharaReporters on Monday.

Recently, air passengers have been affected by various contending issues at airports in the country.

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For instance, in September 2022, SaharaReporters reported that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government was plotting to bar aviation workers in the country from embarking on strike.

A provision in a copy of the newly amended Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act which was obtained by SaharaReporters clearly states that aviation workers cannot declare a strike action regardless of the situation.

As a result of this, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), and Nigerian Association of Aviation Professionals (ANAP) jointly showed their displeasure at the draconian provisions in the National Assembly’s Act.

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The Act designates aviation workers as essential personnel who are not permitted to go on strike.

Following the crisis, flight operations were disrupted as Air Traffic Controllers suspended operations which affected the landing and taking-off of flights.

The development left passengers stranded, as they also struggled to get the necessary information, and flight directives amongst others in some airports.

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The affected airports included Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.

Meanwhile, at Abuja, the workers took to the streets to protest against the obnoxious Essential Services clauses from the Bills/Acts of the aviation agencies.

The workers held banners and placards, some of which read, “Buhari, don’t assent to anti-union aviation bills/acts,” and “Our voice must be heard”.

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NBC Slams TVC, Arise TV N2m Fine For Broadcast Violation

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission NBC, has sanctioned Television Continental (TVC) and Arise television stations for breaching sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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According to a letter by the Director General of the Commission, Barabe Shehu Ilelah, the television houses are to pay a fine of N2m each.

The letter reads in part: “The penalty shall be paid within two weeks of the receipt of this letter or sanction shall be graduated.

“The broadcaster shall ensure that its presenters handle programme with professionalism and sound judgement, to ensure that it does not lose focus or lead to unfair treatment of any person or institution.

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“Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited. The Broadcaster shall not transmit any programme, programme promotion, community service announcement or station identity, which is likely, in any circumstance, to provoke or perpetuate in a reasonable person, intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or groups of people because of age, colour, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability race, religion or political leaning”.

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SAD! Customer Dies Inside Bank In Delta

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A customer slumped and died after standing in a queue for long hours at a commercial bank in Agbor, Delta State.

According to the Tribune on Friday, the yet-to-be-identified man died after waiting for hours on end to collect his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card at the bank’s branch in Ika South Local Government Area, Delta State.

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Confirming his death, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said, “He was not trying to withdraw cash as claimed; however, he came to the said bank to collect his ATM card.”

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Angry Customers Attack Wema Bank in Ibadan For Inability To Withdraw Money+VIDEO

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A group of angry protesters have attacked Wema Bank Plc at the Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

Naijablitznews.com reports that this is amid the Protest of scarcity of the new naira notes and fuel in Ibadan

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Naijablitznews.co recalled that residents of Ibadan had taken to the streets in protest against the hardship triggered by the naira notes swap and the hike in fuel price.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) late last year introduced newly-designed N200, N500, and N1,000 notes and gave a January 31st deadline to phase out the old notes. The deadline was later extended by ten days following the outcry by Nigerians over the policy.

Despite the extension, the new notes are scarce and Nigerians are finding it difficult to get the old ones.

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Also, in several parts of the country, the pump price of fuel has increased with people buying the product for as high as N500 per litre. Long queues have also resurfaced in many places.

People are Fed Up with the situation forcing some residents to take to the streets, demanding that the authorities urgently address the situation.

The roads leading to the Iwo area of Ibadan were deserted as the protesters barricaded them. They were also burnfires on the road and reports suggest that a commercial bank was attacked in the process.

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