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Nigeria Loses N7 Billion To 2-Day Strike – DACAA | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jun 8, 2024

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The Domestic Airports Cargo Agents Association (DACAA) has reported that Nigeria incurred a loss of approximately N7 billion during the recent two-day nationwide strike organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, DACAA, Ikpe Nkanang, stated this in an interview on Friday in Lagos.

Mr. Nkanang mentioned that approximately 30 tonnes of cargo are transported daily through the country’s domestic airports.

He noted that the volume of cargo left undelivered during the two-day strike was substantial.

Many shipments had been prepared for transport on Monday morning before the strike commenced.

“For those two days, the airlines were not working, and once the airlines are not working, cargoes cannot move, and it is a great loss to all of us. You needed to see the volume of cargo that was dumped over those two days; of course, you know we gathered cargoes during the weekend, hoping that by Monday and Tuesday, we would be able to send them out. “It was a colossal loss to us in the cargo world. It affected our income and, of course, the economy of the country. For those few hours of the strike, the country lost about N7 billion across all local airports,” he said.

He stated that transporting a kilogram of cargo costs N300. Mr. Nkanang urged the Federal Government to come to an agreement with organised labour before the strike resumes.

The labour unions suspended the strike on Tuesday afternoon to allow for continued negotiations on a new minimum wage.

During the strike, airport operations were halted as aviation unions blocked all access points to domestic terminals.

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