Tuesday 23 April 2013

Nigeria Airways: Foriegn retirees appeal to Aviation Minister for unpaid severance benefits

Aviation Nigeria

Workers of defunct Nigeria Airways in other African countries have made an appeal to the Minister of Aviation Princess Stella Oduah to intervene in the matter of their unpaid severance benefits.

In a petition made to the Minister dated April 15, 2013, entitled: “The cry of a suffering and helpless orphan. What is our fate 10 years after the liquidation of Nigeria Airways,” retirees stated their names and numbers and noted the pains they had gone through in their attempts and failures to secure their benefits.

The Airline was liquidated in October 2003 and in March 2008, the Nigerian based workers were paid almost their full benefits while all the West Coast staff who  were all present in Lagos in 2008 during this massive payments  were left out.

The workers based in Lome, Togo, Cotonou, Douala, Cameroon and Libreville disclosed that they had considered following up the approval of the supplementary list by the National Assembly and the Presidency.

According to the affected workers: “Unfortunately, we were completely neglected as we were told payments were only for the Nigerian workers. The excuse we were given by the paying staff from Abuja was that the west coast staff were erroneously not captured in the system.

“They told us that we would be paid with the supplementary list coming up before the end of 2008. No one could imagine this could take another five to six years.” another aggrieved retiree said.

They lauded the efforts of their High Commissioners and Embassies in Abuja that led to the final approval of their money by October last year.


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