👤 By Abdul Tukur
Staff members of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, a parastatal under the Ministry of Information, gathered in Abuja to protest against unpaid travel allowances.
The demonstrators who are also calling on the Ministry of Information which is supervised by Lai Mohammed to improve their working conditions, maintain that the allowance owed to them have not received for some years.
Consequently, staff are living on debt, the chairman, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees, NAN branch explained.
“The situation in NAN is so dire that the morale of staff is low; there is a lackadaisical attitude to work and most staff are indebted to one bank, microfinance or cooperative societies in order to make ends meet even after adjusting lifestyles to the pervading situation in the country,” Suleiman Haruna, said.
He noted that an appeal has been made to “the federal government and management of the agency to look into staff welfare, better remuneration and improved conditions of service commensurate with the level of enormous work put in by the staff of the agency.”
Similarly, DENISAURUS News has constantly reported on how staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are being poorly threated by their boss, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu.
Mr Magu, a “corrupt” officer whose nomination was rejected due to an indictment from the Department of State Security Service, DSS, was accused by of diverting the salaries of newly employed operatives.