Aminat Isah, Abuja
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said the government will do whatever is practically possible to mitigate the consequences of the total lockdown created by Covid-19 pandemic in the aviation sector and create an enabling environment for the sector to bounce back.
The Minister stated this in a statement issued by the ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, James Odaudu, saying that the government is aware of the dire situation in the aviation sector with an assurance of better days in spite of the current hardship caused by the coronavirus-induced shutdown of the industry.
According to the Minister, “Workers in the aviation sector were among the worst hit economically by the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world, especially with the grounding of passenger flights and shutting down of services globally.”
He however expresses the belief that there is a bright future for the Nigerian aviation industry after the dark times that it presently faces, hoping that the pandemic will be short-lived.
Sirika also said, it is highly regrettable that airlines and other service providers are being forced to cope with the option of either sending their staff on compulsory leaves or reduction of their wages as occasioned by the redundancy caused by COVID-19 scourge.
He however appeals to both private and public workers in the sector to keep hope alive as there are reasons to believe that the industry will come out of the current situation stronger, and in a better situation to improve the welfare of its employees.
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