BEVERLY HILLS, March 30, (THEWILL) – Those working in the Ministry of Information and Culture have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the minister, Lai Mohammed, for allegedly failing to address issues that border on their welfare.
This was as they staged a protest against what they described as the ministry’s negligence of staff welfare and gross misappropriation of public funds.
Reacting to the protest on Wednesday, Mohammed explained that there is a limit to what the federal government can do on workers’ welfare given inadequate resources at its disposal.
The protesters, who had chanted songs of displeasure and blocked the gate of the ministry, urged Buhari to probe activities of the ministry over non-payment of allowances, refusal to train staff, among others.
They told reporters that they were subjected to work under poor conditions, delay of promotion arrears, non-payment of repatriation allowances and selective training of staff.
The Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants, Information Chapter, Adam Ogwola, recounted many challenges of the workers,in an environment they described as ‘unreceptive’.
Reacting to this while interacting with State House correspondents, the Minister said it was impossible for the government to address meet the workers’ demands owing to paucity of funds.
His words: “It is not unusual for unions to call for the removal of ministers. Any minister should expect that. They are complaining about welfare, but there is a limit to what government can do within the available resources.
“As much as we sympathise with them on the situation, the economy is simply not healthy enough to accommodate what it is used to accommodate in the past.
“If anybody is concerned and worried about expenditures in my ministry, they should go and check because it is open. We have appealed to them several times, but we met a culture that we cannot sustain.”