By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS â€” Aviation workers, under the aegis of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, have drawn a battle line with the concessionaire handling the access gate linking the domestic with the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, over intimidation to pay toll to access their offices at the airport.
The union, in a protest letter to the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, said it would no longer tolerate the embarrassment from the concessionaire, 1 Cube West Africa Limited.
It wondered how people who work in and around the airport should be subjected to pay at the tollgate each time they drive through there.
ATSSSAN in the letter copied the Permanent Secretary of Aviation Ministry, Commissioner, Airport Police Command, amongst others said: â€œWe are greatly disturbed and alarmed at the brazen effrontery of the staff of the concessionaire,1 Cube West Africa, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Toll Gate in recent times, occasioning intimidation, harassment, stoppage and seizure of motor vehicles belonging to airport workers who have had to pass through the toll gate to their offices.
â€œSeveral petitions and reports reaching the secretariat of our unions, is to the effect that the concessionaire stops and demands payment from all airport workers passing through the toll gate.â€