Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has appealed to Aviation workers to shun their solidarity protest for ASUU.
He stated this after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Buhari on Wednesday.
According to him, it would be a security threat if Aviation workers joined the proposed protest being mobilised by the Nigerian Labour Congress in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU.
Reacting to the development, Hadi Sirika said, ““I’m naturally concerned about this if the aviation union will shut down in support of ASUU. I would say they have no need to.
“I will say also that we should begin to look at civil aviation as a critical national security enterprise. It has all the implications. We should not contemplate or think about an aviation disaster.
“We should also think about the general activity in the economy of Nigeria without trivializing it.
“It’s okay. This is a democracy, you can push for demands, but in pressing for demands you should be reasonable in doing so. Where, the life that you’re trying to promote, would be seriously affected and hampered.
“Where lives can be lost because of your own activity. I think it should be reconsidered.
“So, civil aviation workers, I think should not be part of this. Yes, I am concerned and yes we’ve spoken to them and I don’t think they will join because they know that there’s a huge responsibility of lives on their heads.
“If you’re an air traffic controller, it involves national security. It involves the capability of preventing external aggression, so on and so forth.
“I believe that they are very aware of the enormous responsibility upon them in civil aviation and they should continue to see it so and continue to be as law-abiding as we want them to be”.