By Adelola Amihere
Against the backdrop of the shutdown of the aviation sector csused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant hardship faced by aviation workers, the Federal Government has assured workers in the industry that government will do whatever is practically possible to mitigate the consequences of the total lockdown in the industry and create an enabling environment for the sector to bounce back.
In a messsage to Aviation workers in commemoration of the 2020 Workers Day signed by the Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika alluded to the fact that workers in the aviation
industry were among the hardest hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, especially with the grounding of passenger flights and shutting down of services globally.
Sirika expressed regret that airlines and other service providers are being forced to cope with the option of either sending their staff on compulsory leaves or reduction of their wages as occasioned by the redundancy caused by COVID-19 scourge.
He however expressed the belief that there is a bright future for the Nigerian aviation industry after the dark times that it presently faces as he hoped that the pandemic will be short-lived.