Industrial strike embarked upon by Air Traffic Controllers in Nigeria which grounded domestic flights for over 6 hours across the country yesterday, has since suspended.
“This followed the intervention of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, which made contingency arrangements to return airplanes into the sky,” Spokesperson of NAMA, Mrs. Jumoke Adetona said; insisting that efforts were being made to address the issues raised by the workers.
Though the action by the Nigerian Air Traffick Controllers Association, NATCA effectively crippled domestic flight operations, international flights were not affected.
The air traffic controllers who have made a series of demands for better pay and improved working conditions however insisted that they would embark on a full-scale strike on Friday if their demands were not met.
Thousands of passengers were left stranded at various airports in Nigeria during the period that the strike lasted.
Sources at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, confirmed to Nigerian pilot that the strike was due to a lingering crisis between the controllers and their management. To this Mrs. Adetona, during a phone call to channels tv news said will be addressed.
She said there are so many issues hinging on allowances “The Air Traffic Controllers are agitating for the payment of certain amount of money.”
According to our source, “the money was meant to be paid by their management since last year. But this money has not been paid despite several pleas and threats. So they want to use this opportunity to let everyone know and if possible knock out the management.
“The strike is not against the Federal Government but is as a result of an internal issue between the controllers and their management. They want to use this opportunity to push their management to meet their demands,” our source said.

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