Nigerian Aviation Handling Company to layoff 3,000 workers

Major ground handling company, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company ( NAHCO) Plc, has indicated that it would lay off  about 3000 workers as it strategises to become more profitable.

The sack is one of the many in the last five years as the company which was privatised in 2005 from being a subsidiary of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had to sack those who did not conform with its new objectives as a private concern.

The CEO of the company, Kayode Olusegun Ojo, explained that NAHCO who confirmed the planned sack said that it was part of the organisation’s transformation programme which it embarked upon two years ago to reposition itself.

“We started with infrastructural renewal, purchase of equipment and human resource development. But where there are redundancies, they have to be declared in consonance with labour laws.”

The NAHCO boss also said the activities of the company must meet aviation standards expected from its personnel, adding that all the workers were being carried along in the actions the company was taking.

“There are also aviation standards expected of our staff and where there are areas of professional conflicts, we apply rules of engagement and disengagement. But all staff are carried along in our processes and decisions,” Olusegun Ojo said.

Reacting to the planned sack, the National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ( ATSSSAN), Benjamin Okewu, said that the union was aware of the NAHCO plan and has engaged the company in talks  to see how it would mitigate the effects of the job loss.

NAHCO may have started issuing termination letters to the affected staff  before labour intervened, the same way it happened three years ago.

Source: This Day Live