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Air Nigeria suspends operations, sacks workers

After a string of problems that hampered its operations, Nigeria flag carrier Air Nigeria has announced the suspension of its local, regional and international operations with effect from 10 Sept. 2012.

The airline’s management said in a statement Tuesday that the action resulted from staff disloyalty and weak business environment which are not conducive for business in the aviation sector.

According to the statement, Air Nigeria Chairman Jimoh Ibrahim said about 50 loyal members of staff from various departments of the airline had been selected with a mandate to recommence business within 12 months, while the others had been sacked effective from the last day of work on their various routes.

It was the latest snag to hit the operations of the airline, an offshoot of former Virgin Nigeria that started operations in June 2005.

The regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had earlier this year suspended the operations of the airline, after its pilots embarked on a strike.

But it resumed operations after the NCAA lifted the suspension.

After operating for sometime, Air Nigeria announced it was suspending its local and regional flights, after NCAA accused it of being in financial distress.

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