President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N45 billion to pay the entitlements of former Nigerian Airways workers.
The defunct national carrier was liquidated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime in 2005, and the workers had been embarking on protests nationwide over their unpaid entitlements.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, told State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), that N45 billion had been approved for the settlement of the ex-workers’ entitlements.
The Minister disclosed that the Council approved the procurement of operational vehicles for Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Sirika also revealed that he briefed the council on the certifications of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), noting that both certificates were huge achievements toward security and safety in the aviation sector.
He noted that the airport was the first international Airport in Nigeria to meet the requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and NCAA regulations.