An aviation veteran and former director of Operations of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Capt. Dele Ore, says refusal to settle the severance packages of the retirees is a crime against humanity.
This is even as President of Aviation Round Table (ART), Dr. Gabriel Olowo, flayed the Federal Government for earmarking N8.5bn for the suspended national carrier project in the 2019 budget proposal to the National Assembly.
Ore spoke yesterday in Lagos at the launch of his book “The Learned Commander” to commemorate his 76th birthday anniversary.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for approving part payment of the entitlements which he said enabled him to present one of his many books.
He insisted that a huge part of his entitlements was yet to be paid having retired before the liquidation, as he is supposed to be receiving pension.
Ore said: “But, what the government paid recently was just the tip of the ice berg. I for one, I have not been settled. I only received a part of what I am entitled to. I however say kudos to the President (Buhari), but more still needed to be done. This has allowed me to launch my book, which I have been writing in the past eight years. This is my ninth book. The book would be launched properly on March 28, 2019.”
On his part, Olowo specifically castigated the government for setting aside the sum of N500m for transaction advisers in the budget, saying a little of such money if allocated to technical professionals in the country, would give the government appropriate advice on how to go about the project.
He said: “I read it somewhere that the Federal Government proposed another N8.5bn for the establishment of a new national carrier for Nigeria in the 2019 budget proposal to the National Assembly. Out of this money, N500m was set aside for Transaction Advisers.
“If you give the N500m to people like Dele Ore and co, they will advise you better on how to have a befitting national carrier. However, ART as a body will continue to fight for the interest of the former staff of Nigeria Airways. We will continue to drum it to the ears of the government that what is due to them is paid.”