Seven former employees of the defunct Nigeria Airways have died in the past one week as the former workers continue to await the release of the N45 billion approved by the federal government for the payment of their entitlements.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Airways Elders Forum, Godwin Jibodu, made the disclosure while speaking with aviation correspondents on Wednesday in Ikeja.
“We have lost seven colleagues within the last one week because they could not afford proper treatment for their ailments.
“This is very sad because the government has approved N45 billion since June for payment of our pensions and gratuities.”
Mr. Jibodu named the dead former airways workers as Capt. Asuquo, Capt. Akintaju, M. K. Amah, Bose Oladumiye, Onyebuchi Anunobi, Adebayo Awoyinka, T. Bellgam and Ebenezer Akinbode.
According to him, another former worker of the liquidated airline, Charles Ntanyi, has been missing since August this year after boarding a commercial bus at night in Ogba, near Lagos.
Mr. Jibodu lamented that the pensioners were wallowing in abject poverty after serving the nation meritoriously in the Nigeria Airways.