Some Sacked Air Peace Pilots To Return To Work

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Yemisi Izuora

Air Peace would soon recall some of the pilots that were sacked recently, following the intervention of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Aviation via its Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The recall was the fall-out of an intervention meeting called by the Minister between the airline management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) held in his office on Tuesday.

In the verbal agreement, Chairman, Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema acceded to the Minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under.

Chairman, NAAPE, Galadima Abednego explained that as a union it was a painful thing to see a large number of their members thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.

On his own, 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 recalled how Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers; giving its staff the best remuneration package within the sector; only for them to disappoint at a time their understanding was needed.

He however commended Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry; and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

The Aviation Minister called for 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.

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