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A faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) failed on Thursday to ground flights at the Lagos airport in what has now been considered an unsuccessful attempt to force a reduction of fuel price on the government.

A strike action embarked upon by the Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the body on Wednesday failed woefully as Nigerians continued with their normal activities.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

There had been crisis in the NLC and this is considered one of the reasons the action against government failed.

Adelegan Solomon, a senior official, on Wednesday vowed that no flight would land or take off from the airport if the government refuses to reverse the pump price from N86.50 to N145 per litre.

But flight operations went on smoothly at both the international and domestic wings of the airport, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated.

Staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), were all at their offices and duty posts at the time of this report.

There was also tight security around the airport to forestall any breakdown of law and order as instructed by commissioner of police, Lagos airport command, Victory Menta.

General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Olayinka Abioye, said the strike was still ongoing, but that there was a decision not to disrupt flight operations.

“We have created a window of opportunity for our entrepreneurs to also enjoy the benefit of our presence at the airport, so that we don’t create more problems for air travelers.

“We realise that if we completely shut down the airport, there will very serious problems for people in the country.
“Since transporters are working, there is no reason for us to deny people from using the airport.”

Spokesperson of the Lagos airport police command, Joseph Alabi, also urged travellers and other airport users to go about their lawful duties, without any fear of harassment.

As the strike began on Wednesday, the representative of Kaduna Central at the Nigerian Senate, Shehu Sani, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration for attempting to muzzle the country’s labour union protesting the increment in the price of premium motor spirit.

Sani, who is from the same ruling political party with the president, said it was hypocritical trying to shut down the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as other labour-related bodies for trying to support the masses at this trying times when the party and its members wholeheartedly supported the same groups in 2012 during a similar action.
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