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NEMA Staff Begin Nationwide Strike, Blame D-G Maihaja

The staffs of the National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] have embarked on nationwide indefinite strike over persisting friction with the Director General, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja.

Chairman of Association of Senior Civil Servants of NEMA, Mr. Justin Uche blamed Engr. Maihaja for grounding major humanitarian and emergency response operations of NEMA offices across the nation.

He accused Maihaji of “maladministration, ineptitude, incompetence and inefficiency”.

The staffs shut down the Abuja headquarters of the agency was by the workers.

The workers insisted they would not return to work until the management of the agency granted their demands.

The union leaders expressed anger that several letters to the Director General on strike threats were ignore.

Rather than respond positively to their demands, he ignored them and travelled to Moscow.

Some of their demands include the resuscitating of Mobile Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Response Vehicles, Air Ambulance and the Helicopter that that the DG collapsed.

The staff were seen with placards that read:

  • NEMA has no working tools
  • Mustapha Maihaja must go
  • No hazard allowance, no life assurance cover
  • Mustapha, we are tired of Aluta, pay our claims or resign, enough is enough
  • Maihaja is an electrician, we are humanitarian
  • Maihaja is a Disaster to Disaster Management, etc.

The staff also complained over non-payment of their allowances, refusal to renew personnel life assurance, lack of training, non-payment of hazard allowances, improper placement and promotion among other contentious issues.

NEMA management and the union leaders had met with the House of Representatives and exposed a lot of corruption in the agency both past and present.

They, however,  agreed to the implement the peace agreement brokered by the House and the Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige.

The strike, which has just begun, will linger until their demands are met and the D-G, Maihaja is sacked, the union said.

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