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Air Peace to recall sacked pilots



… Following FG’s intervention

MANY of the pilots recently laid off by Air Peace Airlines may be recalled to their by the flight operator.

  The plan to recall the affected staff is as a result of an intervention by Federal Government as an outcome of a meeting between the airline’s management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers that was called by Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

  Spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, confirmed this development in a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday.

  According to him, a verbal agreement was reached as the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, agreed to the minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline could accommodate without going under.

  Odaudu hinted that chairman of the pilots’ association, Galadima Abednego, agreed that some missteps could have been made in the course of the standoff between the airline and the union, adding that it was the association that invited to Sirika to intervene in the impasse.

  On his part, Chairman of Air Peace Airline, Chief Allen Onyema expressed disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots despite everything done to make them comfortable on their jobs.

  According to Onyema, Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers, giving its staff the best remuneration available in the aviation sector.

  He wondered why they should not reciprocate the gesture at critical times imposed on the company by the global coronavirus pandemic.

  Continuing, Onyema commended Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

  Commending Onyema for his contributions in developing the industry while speaking earlier, Sirika solicited understanding from everyone, especially the labour unions to reduce frictional relationships within the prevailing situation in aviation.

  This, the minister explained, is the only route to ensuring rapid recovery from effects of COVID-19 on flight businesses.

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