Workers in the ministry are protesting, accusing the minister of alleged nepotism, corruption, injustice, highhandedness and other abhorrent acts.
ASCSN Chairman, Okonkwo Onwuyah who led the workers and other representatives of the workers’ union alleged that the minister had succeeded in duplicating and wasting resources, through the creation of Nigerian Office of Trade Negotiation (NOTN) based on false memo to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
They are also accusing the minister of killing the trade department of the ministry having allegedly rendered commercial and trade officers redundant.
Lending its voice to the call for sack of the minister, Executive Director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran noted that the ministry, like many others in the country, is too pivotal to the planned revitalization of the national economy and the government’s plan for diversification from oil-based economy, to be enmeshed in ceaseless crisis of this nature.
According to CACOL, one could easily deduce the depth of anxiety between the workers and the Ministry officials when one considers other allegations being peddled like, lack of necessary training and welfare needs of the workers, outstanding payments since 2014, absence of necessary promotion exercise, hiring of consultants for works that could easily be undertaken by regular workers in the ministry with the right motivation, among others.
All these, the anti-corruption group say paints a grim picture of a conducive and convivial working relationship within this vital ministry.
“With the allegations including corruption, nepotism and other dishonest acts that could only harm and be prejudicial to successful industrialization and attraction of more foreign investments for the economy, we call on the Presidency or any other governmental agency with the requisite oversight power to intervene, by setting up a probe panel that should necessarily get to the root of whatever may be the issue here and recommend appropriate steps that would be in the best interest of the workers, the nation and catapult the economy into a working rather than a redundant one”, CACOL said.