The Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the NLC threatened to ground flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Thursday, the 19th of May, 2016 if the Federal Government refuses to revert the pump price of petrol to N87 per litre. Mr. Adelegan Solomon, Vice-President of NLC, made this known while addressing protesters at the MMIA over the government’s removal of fuel subsidy.
Solomon, who is also the President of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUCPTRE), urged Nigerians to unanimously reject the hike in fuel price.
He noted that Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) were members of AUCPTRE, adding that arrangements have been perfected to ground flight operations at the airport from Thursday. “Today, few planes have taken-off and landed on this airport but by tomorrow, no plane will land or take off”. This is according to Guardian online news. Recall that the following groups are opposed to the protest. The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Employers Consultative Assembly, National Association of Road Transport Owners. The Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives are in support of the protest.