NEMA workers protest redundancy, unpaid dues

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Workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have staged a protest at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja over poor conditions of service and “redundancy”.

Mr Justin Uwazuruonye, the Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), NEMA Unit, who led the protest and spoke on behalf of the staff, called on the Federal Government to investigate their grievances.

“You can see that we are peaceful people; what we are demanding is for NEMA to start to function again.

“In the past one year do you have any annual report? No! We have been redundant.

“Let the government ask Maihaja to produce the annual report (of the agency) for the past one year since he has been here.

“We want the government to come here and investigate our allegations and hear our side of the story.

“Our condition of service is very poor, we come to the office and sit for hours without doing anything; we don’t have tools to work.

“No papers and other writing materials for us to work with. It is killing our morale. These are our problems, beginning with not being able to do our work to failure to pay us what is due to us as workers.

“We’ll stand on them until the Federal Government hears us.

“Even the police know the truth and we have been working with them, they know that NEMA is not working, let them put a call through to our call centre now and see whether the call will go through.

“If there was to be an accident on the road now, there won’t be response from NEMA, because there is no diesel and battery in the cars to be able to move.

” Corruption is not only about stealing money, we have what we call moral corruption.”

The chairman further alleged that although the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was doing its best by providing NEMA with all the necessary support needed for prompt response to emergencies, nothing was being actualised.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the union went on strike on June 11 in protest against the collapse of the agency’s Emergency Response Ambulance Bays, which had been able to respond to more than 1,000 incidences in 2015 alone.

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