Fewer air passengers despite strike cancellation in Nigeria

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Few passengers turned up Thursday at the local and international wings of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, Nigeria's main gateway, despite the cancellation of the planned workers' strike.
News of the cancellation of the strike, called by the country's main labour union to protest a recent fuel price hike, was late in reaching most Nigerians, who had braced themselves for the two-week strike which organisers had vowed would totally paralyse the country.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the country's oil marketers agreed late Wednesday to shelve the strike, scheduled to begin Thursday, after the marketers agreed to revert to old fuel prices.
Airline operators had, at their meeting with the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), agreed to render skeletal services Thursday should the planned strike go on, even though the country's air traffic controllers had threatened to shut down the airspace.
While most of the local airlines at the Lagos airport maintained their flight schedule Thursday morning, passengers only came in trickles, with several flights going with few passengers on board.
One of the passengers, Paul Egege, told PANA: "The planned strike or its suspension affected my planning.
You have to start re-planning, start rushing.
We need consistency, there is no consistency in government.
" Another passenger, who identified herself simply as Nkechi, said she came to the airport because she heard of the cancellation Wednesday night.
The late cancellation of the planned strike also affected the turnout of workers at many offices in the commercial city of Lagos Thursday.

09 octobre 2003 14:21:00




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