As from midnight on Thursday, all flights to Owerri Airport in Imo State will be grounded, aviation industry unions have declared.
The unions have also declared Mr. Hope Uzodimma, the Governor of Imo State persona non-grata at all airports in Nigeria until he “purges himself of bestial tendencies.”
The unions have therefore directed all aviation workers workers to immediately withdraw flight services to the airport.
A statement by the Generals-Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUCPTRE) conveyed the withdrawal of service to the media.
The joint statement was signed by Comrades Ocheme Aba; NUATE, Frances Akinjole; ATSSSAN, Abdul Rasaq Saidu; ANAP Umoh Ofonime, NAAPE and Sikiru Waheed of AUCPTRE.
The unions said that the withdrawal of service was necessitated by the alleged maltreatment of Joe Ajaero, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) by the Imo State Government last week in the state.
The unions also declared Mr. Hope Uzodimma, the Governor of Imo State persona non-grata at all airports in Nigeria until he “purges himself of bestial tendencies.”
The unions also emphasised that they would make further efforts through their international affiliations to blacklist the governor worldwide.