House of Representative Committee on Emergency, Preparedness and Disaster Management of the National Assembly (NASS) has begun investigation into the allegation of high-handedness, maladministration and corruption against the new Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja.
An official letter address to Management of NEMA as well as Staff Union by the Clerk of the Committee, Sulyman Mohammed Sarkin-Noma, stated that: “Sequel to the industrial action embarked upon by the staff, the Committee resolved to convey a meeting with the DG NEMA, Management team and the representative of the workforce on Monday October 23, 2017, at NASS Complex.” Meanwhile, the swift intervention of the Vice President
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, last week curtailed the indefi nite strike embarked upon by the workers of the NEMA country-wide. The NEMA boss was compelled to negotiate and approve some of the demands of the workers at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Labour.
A Presidency source said: “The Office of the Vice President which was not comfortable with the attitude of the new NEMA DG to the legitimate demands of emergency workers, had ordered Maihaja to enter into negotiations with the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) in conjunction with the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“This is the first time that staff of NEMA, as an emergency and crisis management outfit would embark on an industrial action since its inception over a decade ago.” Consequent upon the intervention of the Presidency towards controlling bad image to the government over the strike, a meeting was held at the behest of the Labour Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bolaji Adebiyi. A memorandum of Terms of agreement at the end of the meeting was signed and endorsed by NEMA DG himself, Engr. Maihaja; Legal Adviser Umar Mohammed, Representative of ASCSN Comrade Isaac Ojemhenke and NEMA Labour Chairman, Comrade Saad Bello.
In the memorandum, the parties agreed to set up an implementation committee comprising the Union, NEMA management to be chaired by the Director of Finance at the Labour Ministry to facilitate the verifi cation and commencement of staff claims by Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (PRNigeria)