in Business & Finance

Arik Air board takes legal action over AMCON takeover

Posted 4 April 2017 · Add Comment

An objection has been filed in the Federal High Court in Lagos about the take over of Arik Air by the state-owned Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), reports ch-aviation.

The objectors claim that there is a conflict of interest in the appointment of the receiver manager. The action comes just a week after the airline was effectively shut down by employees who accuse the new management of being hostile to unions.

Arik Air was placed into the hands of lawyer Oluseye Opasanya after its take over by AMCON in February, and an injunction was secured to prevent any interference in Opasanya's management of the airline. The objection claims that Opasanya, who works for law firm Olaniwun Ajaya LP, is acting in an unprofessional manner. The conflict of interest apparently arises from the fact that the lawyer who is representing AMCON, Kayinsola Ajayi, also works for the same firm.

Ajayi has rejected the claim, stating that there is a distinction between a lawyer, and the law firm for which they work. He also claims that the four objectors – which includes the chairman of Arik Air's board, its managing director, CEO and another director – are interlopers and not party to the suit.

Meanwhile, relations between Arik Air's employees and Opasanya are also strained. Union members claim they have been treated in an uncivilised manner with Opasanya walking out on meetings. News site Naij reports that union representatives were escorted out by bodyguards. Members of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers staged a protest on Thursday March 23, saying that the airline's management had failed to reinstate sacked staff.

One employee who contacted ch-aviation said that staff on international services were effectively retrenched on February 20, however no information about a retrenchment package has been communicated to them. "We were never paid for February," the informant said. "No retrenchment letters have been issued to the staff."

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Mauritania Airlines International enhances global distribution with Hahn Air

The German scheduled airline, Hahn Air, has announced the start of an interline partnership with Mauritania Airlines International.

Airbus and OneWeb Satellites start serial production

OneWeb Satellites has inaugurated its assembly line at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Toulouse to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

SITA: Technology boosts passenger satisfaction at baggage collection and borders

SITA has released a survey revealing passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints.

Experts call to strengthen Africa's aviation industry at ICAO conference

Experts at this week's ICAO conference in Addis Ababa have called for strengthening Africa's aviation industry in terms of development on the continent, reports XinhuaNet.

RwandAir enables Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB cards for online tickets payments

RwandAir enables Maestro, Discover, Diners and JCB cards for online tickets payments

ADB Safegate lights up runway at Ghana's Tamale Airport

ADB Safegate has installed the runway lights at Ghana's Tamale Airport Upgrades airport using CAT II LED airfield ground lighting to enable night operations.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
Global Aerospace BT28218Aviation Africa BT18418GroundHandling BT0303280917