Finance workers protest
Activities were paralysed at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in Abuja yesterday.
Angry workers barricaded the entrance to the ministry for the whole day over what they described as their poor welfare conditions foisted on them by the new Permanent Secretary, Mrs Anastasia Nwoabia by denying them some of the benefits that should come to them based on the civil service rules.
Defying a downpour, the workers accused Mrs Nwobia of preventing them from accessing their overtime and training allowances which they said they are entitled to. They also accused her of stopping other perks that should be given to them during festivals.
The workers restricted Nwaobia’s movement within the building while those who came after the protest had commenced like the minster and minister of state for finance were prevented from entering the ministry.
The convoys of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her counterpart, the Minister of state Ambassador Bashir Yuguda were barred from gaining access into the premises of the ministry after their weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting. Both ministers, however, came down from their vehicles and walked to meet a cheering crowd of workers.
The Leader of the workers’ union, Mr Olaniyi Ade, lamented that Nwobia had brought pains to the workers.
Responding, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala assured the workers that “Whatever the issues are, we will sort them out as a family. There has never been a time that I reasoned with you and you let me down and that’s why am proud of you. We are going to have a dialogue and collectively we will find a solution to these problems.”
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