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Civil Servants Ground Business Activities At Trade Ministry, Demand Redeployment Of Perm Sec

Ebuka Daniel

Business activities were on Wednesday paralysed at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, following a protest organised by civil servants in the ministry.

The protest, which started at about 10am caught many of the visitors of the ministry who had come there to carry out business transactions unawares.

The workers in their hundreds were seen chanting various solidarity songs as well as carrying placards with various inscriptions.

Speaking to journalists during the protest, the Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council in the Ministry, Comrade O. Okonkwo said the protest became imperative following series of consultations and intervention with staff on the state of affairs in the Ministry since August 2021 when the current Permanent Secretary assumed duty in the Ministry.

He said since assumption of office of the current Permanent Secretary, the Ministry has been in a deplorable state of affairs evidenced by low workers morale and poor service delivery.

He alleged that the deplorable state at the ministry was brought about by the activities and administrative tendencies of the Permanent Secretary.

Okonkwo said, “The presence of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry can no longer guarantee industrial harmony.

“Consequently, staff unanimously resolved that the Permanent Secretary be redeployed with immediate effect to restore confidence and sense of harmony in the workplace.

“Staff requests that funds for payment of Training Allowance should be complete and made available to conclude the process on or before 15 November, 2021 all with a view to dousing the restive atmosphere already created by the unfolding events.”

He reaffirmed the Union’s commitment to good governance and service delivery in an atmosphere of industrial harmony.

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