Finance Ministry Protesters May Be Transferred

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Indications have emerged that the protesting workers of the Ministry of Finance who have embarked upon a protest to air their grievances over the non payment of the Special Overtime (SOT) allowance estimated to be about N1.2 billion will be severely dealt with.

News Agency, Daily Sun reported that the protesting workers may be transfereed to other ministries as part of punishment for their action as the Finance minister was reportedly disappointed at the conduct of the workers.

A source within the ministry disclosed that the names of the ring leaders behind the protest is being collated by the ministry for appropriate sanction.

Speaking on the protest, the Chairman of the Joint Union Council of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Ade Olaniyi said the protesting workers were angered more when the Finance minster said she was not the Minister of the Finance Ministry but a Minister of Finance to Nigeria.

He further said: “We invited her, wrote all our demands and attached them. We gave her a copy inviting her as a union. On March 16, we gave her another copy inviting her to have a townhall meeting with her so that she can explain better. On May 16, we gave her another one to make us satisfy the labour law but she did not respond.

“When we got to her office she was abusing us. Then the staff decided that she must come to address the issues. The most painful aspect of it is that she said that she is not the minister of staff but the minister of Nigeria. That triggered the whole thing.”

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