Workers at the ministry of information have staged a protest calling for the removal of Lai Mohammed over what they described as bad staff welfare.
Daily Trust reports that the workers carried placards with different inscriptions urging President Muhammadu “to probe activities of the ministry over non-payment of allowances, refusal to train staff, among others.”
They claimed they were “subjected to work under poor conditions, delay of promotion arrears, non-payment of repatriation allowances and selective training of staff.”
Adam Ogwola who is the chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants, Information Chapter described their working condition as unreceptive.
Mohammed responded to the protest after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, March 29 saying the government could not do all the demands at once due to financial constraint
He said: “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”.