Civil servants defy FG on resumption

2012-01-12
THE PUNCH Newspaper- Friday Olokor

Federal civil servants on Wednesday in Abuja refused to report for work, despite the Federal Government’s threat to enforce the no-work-no-pay rule.

When our correspondent visited the Federal Secretariat, where a majority of the ministries are, many offices were locked.

An official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps deployed in the secretariat said, “You can see that the workers are yet to fully resume; we were just here doing our duties. If you are conversant with this place you would have known how busy it used to be.”

But the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations) in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Tope Ajakaiye, told our correspondent that the situation had improved.

He said, “On Monday, we were only two in my office; on Tuesday two more people joined us and today (Wednesday), the number of people who turned up for work are up to eight persons.

“If there was no improvement you won’t see some of the Muslims here praying. I am very optimistic that tomorrow (Thursday), many civil servants will return to work.”

The situation appeared to be better at the Ministry of Health, but investigations revealed that those who reported for work were mostly senior workers.

While the the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, threatened to invoke the no-work-no-pay rule, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isa Sali, pleaded with civil servants to return to work.

The AGF had said, “For the avoidance of doubt, it is necessary to state that the basis of the injunction and the Motion on Notice is that no trade dispute has been declared in consonance with existing laws by the NLC and TUC and a clear distinction between civil protest on one hand and an industrial action or strike on the other.

“In light of the foregoing, members of the public who are under contractual obligations as employees in the public and private sectors are advised to respect the terms of their contract of service and report to their duty posts. Necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that this is done without any form of molestation or harassment by anyone or group of persons.”

 

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