Luck has shined on some of the pilots recently sacked by the management of Air Peace, as many of them would soon be recalled to their jobs.
The management of Air Peace announced last week that it would be dismissing over 80 of its pilots as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.
According to a statement released by the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Jude Odaudu, 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 on Tuesday 11th August.
The 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 process of the standoff between the airline and the union and appealed to the Minister to intervene in order to resolve the impasse.
Abednego 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.
The Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema, however 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.