Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed

By Ogbolu George

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has said that he is not surprised that workers under his ministry are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop him.

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He said this on Wednesday in response to the protest by unions in his ministry, demanding his removal for not addressing issues on their welfare.

Inadequate resources

Mohammed said that due to scarce resources, there was a limit the Federal Government could do on workers’ welfare.

The Information Minister told State House correspondents that it was impossible for the government to meet the workers demands due to inadequate funds.

”It is not unusual for unions to call for the removal of ministers. Any minister should expect that.

”They are complaining about welfare, but there is a limit to what government can do within the available resources.

”As much as we sympathise with them on the situation, the economy is simply not healthy enough to accommodate what it is used to accommodate in the past.

”We have appealed to them several times, but we met a culture that we cannot sustain,” he said.

Workers protest

The workers had on Wednesday protested against what they described as the ministry’s negligence of staff welfare.

The protesters called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate activities of the ministry over non-payment of allowances, refusal to train staff, among others.

Adam Ogwola, Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants, Information Chapter, led the protest.