Finance ministry denies workers’ protest

…says report of protest in the media misleading

The Ministry of Finance has clarified that staff union held normal general congress and not riot as insinuated in some reports.

Workers in the Federal ministry of finance had on Wednesday converged at the ministry’s main auditorium for their yearly congress but reports (not Sahel Standard) emerged that the gathering was a protest against top official of the ministry including the Minister, Kemi Adeosun.

But dismissing the report, the Deputy Director of Information, Ministry of Finance, Patricia Deworitshe, in a statement made available to our correspondent said, “staff gathered to discuss sundry issues, not a riot as alleged by some journalists.”

She continued, “Many key Directors in the Ministry including Director, Human Resources (DHR) and Director, General Services (DGS), attended the staff congress and clarified issues raised by the staff.”

She also denied that workers in the ministry embarked on industrial action, which according to reports shutdown activities at the finance ministry, saying that insinuation of a rift was untrue.

“The staff of the Ministry were not on strike, the gate of the Ministry and offices in the Ministry were not locked as alleged by some of the journalists. The monthly FAAC Meeting that held today confirms that the ministry was not shut down.

“The issues raised and discussed in the meeting are regular internal issues of the ministry and should be allowed to remain that way.

“The congress never accused the HMF and PSF of the issues as reported by journalists,” Patricia noted.

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