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Civil servants in Adamawa on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Government House Yola calling for the removal of three government officials from office.
The protesters, led by the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Dauda Maina, shut the entrance to government house for several hours. They were demanding for the sacking of the Chairman of the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Abdullahi Belel.
They also demanded for the sacking of the Executive Secretary Adamawa State Post Primary School Board, Mallam Abdullahi Jingi and the General Manager of Adamawa State Transport Company, Mr Ahmed Nyako. Maina said that the call for the sack of the affected persons was based on their anti workers stance.
He said that the affected person where responsible for causing friction between workers and the government. He alleged that the on-going health workers strike in the state was caused by the executive chairman of the state primary healthcare agency, Dr Abdullahi Belel.
“Abdullahi Jingi of post primary school board and Ahmed Nyako of Adamawa transport company are also engaged on persecuting their workers and we want them removed before they ruin the good image of this government,” Maina said. Addressing the workers, the state Secretary to the Government, Dr Umar Bindir, said the governor had travelled to Abuja. “I will be joining him and will communicate your message and demands to him.
“I want to assure you that by next week when the governor returns from the meeting of the Progressives Governors Forum in Kaduna, the matter will be looked into,” Bindir said. Belel, Executive Secretary of the primary healthcare agency told newsmen that the agency was owing backlog of unpaid salary.
He, however, said the situation arose because of a shortfall in the monthly allocation to the local government councils, who are responsible for the payment of the primary health workers’salary. Effort to speak with the other two chief executives was not successful as they could not be found either in their respective offices or houses when pressmen visited.
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