- Drama erupted on Thursday, September 28, as staff were locked out by the minister of works, Dave Umahi
- The minister was said to have prevented workers who came to work late from gaining access to the ministry
- However, after the gate was opened, the workers, comprising the Housing and Works Ministry, refused Umahi entry into his office
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The staff accused Umahi of being tyrannical. They also claim the former Ebonyi state governor barred staff who were late for work from entering the ministry. The Nation newspaper noted the development.
“Umahi must go”
The drama started when Umahi locked out the staff of his ministry for resuming late to work.
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According to the protesting staff, who were chanting “Umahi must go”, they argued that that they reside far away and there was no way they come come to the office early. They also complained that Umahi neither warned nor issue any circular before locking them out.
A senior staff who spoke with Leadership newspaper said:
“Some of them are on a hundred thousand naira salary a month; some are on N80,000 salary a month and they are married people.
"So by the time you subtract both transport and everything, you have nothing left with nothing. So, they have to rely on one way or the other to come to office."
Apart from the controversy related to resumption time, some of the staff also claimed that Umahi, “stopped engineers and directors from doing their work, and has been breaking public service rules since his appointment, by bringing in consultants to run the affairs of the ministry”.
Umahi resigns to become minister
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Umahi resigned his membership from the Senate following his appointment as the minister of works.
Umahi, in his first stint as a lawmaker, was elected into the red chamber in the last general elections to represent the Ebonyi South senatorial district. He was inaugurated as minister on Monday, August 21, alongside the likes of Nyesom Wike, Wale Edun, Dele Alake, Doris Anite, Adegboyega Oyetola, Uju Kennedy, Bello Goronyo, Tahir Mamman, Yusuf Tuggar and Ibrahim Geidam.
More to come...