The staff union, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has today begun a 3 day warning strike to demand for better welfare package for the staff of the Agency.
The workers today shut the entrance of the Agency demanding for good staff welfare packages, bonuses for overtime, adequate staff training, and implementation of signed agreement, disbursement of entitlements and above all, the immediate removal of the Agency’s Director General for alleged gross official misconduct.
The Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria, NEMA Comrade Sa’ad Bello said that the protest was to demands for enforcement of all agreement signed by NEMA Management, Ministry of Labour and Productivity and Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria.
“We have served notices of 21, 14 and 7 days accordingly, all to no avail. The Minister of Labour and Productivity called us for a roundtable meeting on the issues and all agreed and signed by all the parties for three weeks implementation, but unfortunately till now, nothing has been done”
Similarly Comrade Sa’ad said there is no adequate staff training.
“We cannot have a vibrate agency without adequate training and good training capacity. The agency has relegated the issue of staff training for quite a long time even after a 2 week agreement was reached in that regard. Up till now, no training has been done. This is a mirage that we won’t accept. life insurance has not been given to our staff since 2016 and we won’t accept it. Also, our staff who clamoured for collective bargaining for justice were posted out of the headquarters. However, Ministry of Labour for peace sake agreed that they should return back to the headquarters. That has not been done also. Anything short of the implementation of our agreement will not be accepted”.
Also, Comrade Sa’ad who on behalf the Union decried the misconduct by management staff in the office called for the removal of the Director General, Mustapha Maihaja.
“There has been serious problem since this man came to office. People are suffering. No working materials, no welfare for staff; this man is not ready to listen to any staff. In fact, we are saying that the DG must go. The DG cannot even remain in the office again. We are tired of working with him. NEMA is supposed to be managing emergencies, but under the current Director General, emergencies are now managing NEMA. All we are saying is Maihaja must go”