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Protest: Ministry of Finance workers demand removal of Perm Sec, Director

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Civil Servants at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja yesterday staged a protest against alleged poor welfare condition.

The protest, which reportedly began at about 11am on the first floor of the ministry, also had the workers demanding the removal of the Director of Finance and Account, Sanni Garba, for allegedly refusing to approve their welfare packages.

While some of them were on the first floor demanding the removal of Garba, others moved to the fourth floor, where the office of the Permanent Secretary, Mahmoud Dutse, is located, and also demanded for his redeployment.

The workers alleged that “the leadership of the ministry had not been taking the issue of our welfare seriously.

“For instance, the issue of our unpaid training allowances, non-release of funds for welfare packages as well as non-payment of overtime allowances. These are some of our grievances.”

They alleged that while they were being denied some of these packages, other top officials in the ministry had devised means of enjoying the same through the release of funds for themselves under other expenditure sub-heads.

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