A few beneficiaries and ex-specialists of the ancient Nigeria Airways have given records of the injury, untold hardship they experienced for over 14 years they were saved without installment of their annuities and advantages.
An individual from Aviation Unions Grand Alliance (AUGA) blacked out amid the Peaceful rally over the refusal by the Ministry of Finance to pay the qualification of ex-specialists/retired people of Nigeria Airways that was endorsed eight months prior by the Federal Government in Lagos as of late.
The beneficiaries and ex-specialists who only talked with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said they experienced hardship before the present organization of President Muhammadu Buhari acted the hero.
The more than 5000 Nigeria Airways specialists, who said they had been “surrendered, embarrassed and disappointed by past organizations”, embraced a solidarity parade in Ikeja to drum support for the re-appointment offer of Buhari.
Over 15 years after the liquidation of Nigeria Airways by previous President Olusegun Obasanjo’s legislature, the present organization affirmed N45.3 billion for the settlement of the retirement advantages of the dead carrier laborers. The supervisory Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, in September 2018 guided the arrival of N22.68 billion to the laborers and the vast majority of them had been paid.
“Following the long deferral in installment of the retirement benefits after the liquidation of Nigeria Airways Ltd., a considerable lot of the ex-specialists experienced hardship “This grievous circumstance can’t be permitted to proceed under a dependable organization,” the pastor had said. Alhaji Mustapha Ogunribisan, one of the saved specialists reviewed how they were compellingly launched out of their office by the Police in 2006.
“After the liquidation in 2006, we were threatened. The then Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun requested his young men to come and pursue us out of the workplace over the span of which we were tear gassed.
“A few of us passed on at that point while many were injured from that point forward we had been attempting to get our privileges paid.” Ogunribisan, who said he was utilized in October 1976, and conveyed to the Motor Transport Division of Engineering Department of the Nigeria Airways, reviewed what prompted the liquidation of the organization.
“They guaranteed that the administration botched cash and the organization was never again reasonable. “A board was set up by President Obasanjo which by the day’s end discovered that the claims were false. A 12-volume report of the board was submitted to the then President. “Obasanjo, be that as it may, said there was no backpedaling on his choice to sell Nigeria Airways. He proceeded:
“the present Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el Rufai, who was then the director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) interceded in the issue. “The representative said the previous President ought to enable him to run Nigeria Airways for one year without gathering any cash from the administration however Obasanjo demanded that he had decided to sell the organization”.
Ogunribisan said they had been on the channels battling to get their privileges paid amid which no less than 800 of them passed on. He said they, nonetheless, got a brief relief when the late previous President Umaru Yar; Adua came in and they took their issue before him. “Inside seven days, Yar’Adua requested that we ought to be paid our pay unpaid debts which were executed at that point.
“The late President later set up a board to investigate our tip and different advantages however shockingly he fell wiped out and in the process he passed on,” he said. Ogunribusan stated, however, Goodluck Jonathan, the then Vice President, who succeeded Yar’Adu was conscious of the endeavors and plans of his forerunner over their issue, he, in any case, deserted them to endure. “We composed arrangement of letters to previous President Jonathan helping him to remember what his antecedent did however he said it was an overlooked issue.
“As around then, a significant number of us had passed on. We were holding arrangement of gatherings, counseling unmistakable Nigerian residents including Emirs over our issue, however Jonathan never yielded,” he said.
Buhari raised the desire for the ex-laborers when he endorsed the N45bn after a review by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), a division in the Ministry of Finance. Ogunribisan said by satisfying his guarantee and paying the main tranche of their privileges, Buhari had reestablished their long gone expectation and conveyed a grin to their appearances. “The infection I was experiencing had been dealt with and I am sound at this point.
I was even ready to make a trip to the U.S. for medicinal registration over my coming up short wellbeing,” he said Ogunribisan said in energy about what the President had improved the situation them, he was assembling individuals from his quick and more distant family to vote in favor of his re-appointment come Feb. 16. For Comrade Kolawole Ayinla, 68 years of age, he said the 14 years of non-installment of his privileges was “terrible”.
“I was utilized by Nigeria Airways on Oct. 12, 1976, and I worked in the Engineering Dept. “The then administration of Obasanjo treated us savagely. He has no appreciation for Nigerian nationals, the manner in which we were embarrassed was not satisfying. “For a long time I was conceded in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and there was no cash to pay for medications and the emergency clinic bills.
“I need to move with my family to a ghetto in a suburb of Lagos for us to endure. “It was more terrible of experience before President Muhammadu Buhari acted the hero. The installment of the cash had changed my circumstance.
‘ Andrew Ahilemen who broke into tears while portraying his experience said he joined Nigeria Airways in 1980 and his business was unexpectedly ended with the organization’s liquidation. “My experience after this had been so awful, I couldn’t deal with myself and feed my family. I couldn’t pay my kids’ school expenses.
“We served this nation with our perspiration and we were tossed out and treated like outcasts. “We were mortified out of the workplace, yet I am appreciative to President Buhari for what he has done and I am cheerful at this point.
“I am cheerful in light of the fact that, with the piece of my qualification that has been paid now, I can deal with myself, feed my family and send my kids back to class,” he said.
Increasingly terrible is the situation of Mr Jacob Loremikan who left the administration of the Nigeria Airways in 1977 yet endured Parkinson’s infection when his annuity was ceased after the liquidation.
The Octogenarian, who could scarcely talk said he experienced hardship until Buhari came to reestablish his expectation and bring back his long gone grins Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has repeated the Buhari organization’s responsibility to the prosperity and welfare of Nigerians.
Mohammed who talked at the rally by the ex-laborers said that Buhari’s duty to the prosperity of the majority drove him to end the 14-year pause and enduring of the 5,996 previous staff of the outdated national vocation. He likewise guaranteed that come Feb.
16, Buhari’s responsibility to the prosperity and welfare of Nigerians would procure him re-appointment “It isn’t only the previous staff of Nigeria Airways who have profited by the general population arranged approach of this organization.
“Previous Biafran Policemen, previous specialists of the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, and previous NITEL laborers have likewise observed their long periods of affliction and disregard arrive at an end, on account of Buhari. “For the in excess of 800 expired ex-staff of Nigeria Airways, their closest relative will likewise get the privileges because of them,” he said.
Mohammed complimented the ex-specialists that were as yet alive and expressed gratitude toward God for keeping them to receive the benefits of their work. He additionally expressed gratitude toward them for the occasion which he said was a show of thankfulness to the President for what he had done.