Nigeria’s Emergency Officials Down Tools, Want DG, Mustapha Maihaja Sacked
TVC News, Abuja – Operations of Nigeria’s emergency management agency, NEMA have been grounded by inhouse labour unions at its headquarters in Abuja with staff asking for the immediate sack of its Director General, Mustapha Maihaja.
Speaking with TVC News, the workers led by their Chairman, Saad Bello also say they have ordered their colleagues to shutdown services across the nation including those working in IDP camps.
At the headquarters of the agency in Maitama district, management staff of the agency were prevented from accessing the building as the workers used their vehicles to barricade the main gate. The police are on hand to ensure that the protest remains peaceful.
They insist that until the welfare agreement signed between workers, management and the ministry of labour is implemented, the emergency agency will remain shut.
With about five NEMA staff dead due to poor conditions of service, the workers say Maihaja has consistently failed to improve the agency or implement labour resolutions brokered by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige. They want him to be immediately sacked.