The emotional distress being meted out to four Sierra Leoneans who were attached to ARIK Airlines seems never ending, as the staff claim they are now being roundly abused and threatened.
The four staff members though allegedly on a training course have been with ARIK Airlines for over two years. Agreements to pay them an allowance of $50, has now turned to 5,000 Naira which is equivalent to around $10. The Sierra Leoneans are now being given an ultimatum to take the 5,000 Naira and walk away or be forcefully evicted.
The Minister of Transport who signed on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone to set up the company “Leone Airways” has said his intervention is on humanitarian grounds and it is “NOT A RIGHT.”
The four Sierra Leoneans now feel abandoned as the Government of Sierra Leone which is part of the arrangement that got them attached to ARIK airlines, seems either powerless or unwilling to address the situation.
The four Sierra Leoneans now feel abandoned and left to suffer at the mercy of the Nigerian staff of ARIK who treated them very badly. Weeping over the phone a female member recounted the demeaning way in which they are addressed and tossed around. She disclosed the humiliating way that Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans are being referred to by Nigerians causing her to weep even more.
Other African nationals from other countries have reportedly continued their work with ARIK who continue to run domestic flights.
A letter to President Koroma has gone unanswered and the Minister of Transport and the Sierra Leone High Commission in Nigeria now seem to have effectively abandoned the four Sierra Leoneans to whatever fate may befall them.
Monday April 03, 2017