By James Emejo
There was a mild protest Tuesday at the premises of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as workers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), SEC branch, kicked against a query issued to the union’s chairman, Muhammed Salihu and the Secretary, John Briggs by the management.
The alleged query, THISDAY gathered, had questioned Salihu’s involvement in an earlier letter by the union to the management, accusing the Director-General, Ms Arunma Oteh, of dishonouring rules for engagement of 15 contract staff members.
The query, which was signed by the Head of Department, Human Resources in the commission, Husseini Dauda, described Salihu’s participation in the union’s correspondence as being “tantamount to unbridled insubordination to the constituted authority within the commission.”
But the union said it had only advised the DG to use her good office to rectify issues bordering on “her employment of contract staff against the directive of the former Board of the commission.”
The union’s letter to the management, a copy which was made available to journalists, read in part: “It is on record that the Board extract of 56 Board meeting directed that if by July 31, 2012 the contract staff of the commission was not regularised, their appointment should be terminated. This directive has not been complied with; rather a counter directive was given by the DG to the finance and account department to pay up their remuneration up to August 2012 without any directive suppressing the earlier directive of the board.”
It said: “Mr Omotayo who is one of the un-regularised staff, who once served as a technical adviser to the DG was redeployed to head the Internal Control Department. This in our opinion creates a morale issue as Omotayo by virtue of his former position would not constitute a sufficient check to executive or administrative excesses. His redeployment should therefore, be checked.”
The union alleged that instead of heeding to their advice, the management resorted to issuing queries to the leadership of the union.
The aggrieved workers staged their protest within the premises of the commission chanting “Oteh must go!!!”
Some of their placards carried inscriptions such as “No to sole administrator-ship,” “No to tyranny and highhandedness.”
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