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Airways’ ex-workers seek payment of N70b benefits

Former workers of the liquidated national carrier, Nigeria Airways Limited, yesterday urged the Federal Government to pay their 20 years’ severance benefits.

They said their colleagues in other countries had received their benefits nine years ago.

The workers gathered for prayers at the secretariat of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Ikeja, under the aegis of the Aviation Union Grand Alliance (AUGA).

They mandated the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other unions to write President Goodluck Jonathan on their plight.

One of the union leaders, Comrade Ibrahim Husseini, said the government would need about N70 billion to offset the severance benefits of the former workers and pensioners, which had been pending in the last nine years.

Husseini described the attitude of the government to the plight of the former workers and its refusal to pay them their dues as gross insensitivity.

He said many had died because they did not have money for their health care.

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