May Day: Sirika makes promises to workers on CoS, Minister, Bi-Courtney laud workers

Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika has congratulated the resilience of Nigerian workers for their daily contributions to the running and development of the industry. He stated this on the celebration of Workers’ Day.

The Minister stated that the lofty achievements recorded in the nation’s aviation sector wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment and personal sacrifices of employees in the different segments of the industry.

He particularly ascribes the near-total achievement of the aviation roadmap to the understanding and cooperation of the workers and hopes that the remaining parts will be achieved within the short period before the handover to the incoming administration.

He restated the commitment of the Buhari administration to the continued improvement of the welfare of aviation workers through regular training, enhanced pay packages, provision of working tools, and conducive work environments.

He further assures workers of his commitment to ensuring the implementation of the respective Conditions of Service of the agencies under the Ministry’s supervision and payment of the minimum wages as agreed with the Labour unions.

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Sirika however expressed concern over the frequency of worker strikes in the industry which, more often than not, disrupt operations at the nation’s airports and which send wrong signals to the outside world about the safety of Nigeria’s airspace.

Similarly, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) has expressed appreciation for the ingenuity of Nigerian workers and their significant contributions to global commerce.

BASL is the operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) in Ikeja, Lagos, and it hosts over 10,000 travellers, concessionaires, and other users of the terminal daily.

Aviation workers

In a statement from BASL’s Head of Corporate Communications, Oluwatosin Onalaja, the company stated that it recognizes the importance of Nigerian workers’ contributions to world trade and commerce.

It however admonished that given the level of skill and opportunities available to workers worldwide, it is crucial for Nigerian workers to be proportionally motivated and given a conducive environment in which to excel.

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Despite the challenging economic situation in Nigeria, BASL commended the level of tenacity, innovation, and ingenuity displayed by Nigerian workers and entrepreneurs across different sectors, such as aviation, fintech, and entertainment.

According to BASL, “Nigerian workers have proven to be tough and able to excel under the harshest of conditions, which is why they often take the lead in other countries around the world.”

BASL Management also emphasizes the importance of having the right infrastructure in place to enable Nigerian workers to do even more remarkable things, stressing that with the right support and enabling environment, Nigerian workers can achieve greater heights and contribute significantly to the development of the country’s economy.

“Additionally, BASL’s over 400-strong workforce is committed to delivering safety, security, and comfort to the daily 10,000 travelers, concessionaires, and other users of the MMA2 Terminal in Ikeja, Lagos.

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“The company’s workforce works tirelessly to ensure smooth passage and a memorable experience for everyone, with painstaking attention to detail and adherence to all regulatory standards.


“On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the commencement of operations at MMA2 BASL sends a special admiration for over 35 staff that have chosen to stay with the service for as long as 16 years and wishes them fulfillment long life and increased productivity

“This Workers’ Day 2023, BASL reaffirms its commitment to supporting and enabling Nigerian workers to achieve their full potential and contribute to the growth and development of the country’s economy, and wishes all Nigerian workers a happy International Workers’ Day and congratulates them on their hard work and dedication.”

Wole Shadare