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Air Peace to recall sacked pilots following FG’s intervention

There are indications that some of the pilots who were recently sacked by the management of Air Peace would soon be recalled to their jobs.

This is coming days after WITHIN NIGERIA reported that Air Peace has reportedly sacked over 70 pilots across its fleet types as the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on its operations.

This was contained in a statement released by the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Jude Odaudu.

Jude said the decision to recall most of the dismissed pilots was taken during an intervention meeting called by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, between the airline management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) held in his office today, Tuesday, August 11.

According to the statement, Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema, verbally accepted the Minister’s plea for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going bankrupt.

In their presentation, NAAPE, led by its chairman, Galadima Abednego, said that some missteps could have been made in the course of the standoff between the airline and the union and appealed to the Minister to intervene in order to resolve the impasse.

He said that as a union it was a painful thing to see a large number of their members thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.

Speaking on the development, the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema commended Senator Hadi Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

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