Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed

By Ige Olugbenga

Workers in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday protested over the non-payment of allowances and other remunerations.

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The workers, who abandoned their duty posts, came out in their numbers, to drive home their demand for the quick intervention of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

The protesters, who chanted songs of displeasure and blocked the gate of the ministry, told reporters that they were subjected to poor working conditions, delay of promotion arrears, non-payment of repatriation allowances and selective training of staff.

The protest took another dimension when they were stopped from entering the Office of the Minister at the Secretariat by men of the Department of State Service and Police.

Some of the placards the staffs carried read: ‘Our welfare must be paramount. Minister, Permanent Secretary pay our 2016 Abuja carnival stipend. Pay our retirement, allowance. Enough is enough. Enough of the continuous silence. This impunity is too much. We have taken our destiny by our hands. We work daily with little or no working materials. Withdraw the preliminary letter issued to sports officials.’’