Nigeria:Air Peace retreats, recalls sacked pilots
The management of Air Peace Airlines has calmed down in its titanic battle with its pilots. The airline now in the process of recalling a good number of the 70 pilots it sacked recently.
This position was reached after rounds of negotiations and meetings anchored by the minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika this week. , The airline management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) were all in attendance during the meetings.
A spokesperson from the aviation ministry, James Odaudu said “in the verbal agreement reached after a dialogue that was held in a very friendly environment, chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema acceded to the minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under.
“Onyema expressed his sadness and disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots, after everything done to make them comfortable on their jobs.”.
Onyema however commended Senator Hadi Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.
In their presentation, punchng.com reported that NAAPE, led by its chairman, Galadima Abednego said that some missteps could have been made in the course of the standoff between the airline and the union and appealed to the minister to intervene in order to resolve the impasse.
The Aviation minister in his remarks called for the understanding of everyone, especially the Labour unions, of the prevailing situation in the aviation industry, as well as Chief Onyema for his enormous contributions in developing the industry, but appealed to him to recall the maximum number of the sacked pilots that the airline can comfortably accommodate in the prevailing circumstances to which airline operator agreed.