Protest by Labour Unions Leaves Passengers Stranded at Abuja Airport

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By Sabiu Abdullahi

Passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja found themselves stranded and unable to continue their journeys on Thursday morning due to a protest organized by members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The protesters, who are demonstrating against the alleged attack on the National President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State, blocked the entrance of the airport, causing widespread disruption.

The protesters, brandishing placards and chanting slogans, halted vehicles attempting to enter the airport at approximately 8:30 am on Thursday. Many air travelers, caught in the chaos, were left stranded outside the airport premises.

Siraj Abubakar, one of the affected passengers, expressed his frustration, stating, “They stopped us from entering the airport at around 8.30 am. They said they are protesting against the maltreatment of the NLC chairman in Imo State, and I wonder how that affects us here in Abuja.”

The demonstration follows the recent alleged attack on Joe Ajaero, further escalating tensions between the labor unions and the government.

As a consequence of the protest, numerous vehicles transporting passengers to the airport were trapped outside, exacerbating the inconvenience faced by travelers.

In response to the situation, aviation unions across the country have jointly declared the suspension of all flights to Owerri, Imo State, from every airport in Nigeria.

Additionally, the unions have declared Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State persona non grata in all airports, a significant move reflecting their dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the situation.

Despite the widespread disruption and inconvenience caused by the protest, officials of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport have not yet responded to calls and messages seeking information and assistance regarding the ongoing situation.

Passengers remain hopeful for a swift resolution to the issue, allowing them to resume their travels without further delays.

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