Foreign airlines are reportedly planning to sack about two thousand Nigerian workers, owing to their inability to transfer money to their home countries to meet operational costs because of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy on forex and fund transfer.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) revealed on Sunday, that the foreign airlines have decided to take their frustrations on Nigerian workers.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Acting General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye said the plan urged the Federal Government to promptly wade in into the potential crisis and prevent mass job loss.
“The reason being adduced for this danger is that their earnings in the past year is under lock with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN , as they are unable to transfer these earnings to their respective home countries to meet operational costs in accordance with international rules.”
“Following concerns raised recently by leaders of these workers and other stakeholders and in appreciation of the good intent of the government’s fiscal policy, we humbly make this clarion call for your (Minister) intervention to grant foreign airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries.”
“We hasten to place on the front burner an emerging threat confronting over 2, 000 private sector aviation workers in Nigeria which requires your intervention to forestall imminent loss of jobs of these number of workers,” said Abioye.