By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”Delta State branch of the Association ofÂ Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, yesterday raised alarm that politicians have hijacked the houses allocated to senior management staff at â€˜Fine Homesâ€™, Asaba.
The association also alleged that the politicians have gone ahead to interfere in the recruitment, promotion and discipline of staff.
Chairman of the Association, Comrade Sam Dietake, while speaking at the inauguration of elected unit executive committees, said â€œthe Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has resolved to confront head on the challenges posed by the problems enumerated above.
â€œWorkers are hereby called upon to brace up for the mother of all strikes in the weeks ahead should the government fail to address the problems.
Dietake listed other grievances to include suspension of on-going screening of workers until it can come up with an arrangement that safeguards the dignity of the worker, as well as ensure uninterrupted payment of salaries on or before the 25th of every month.
He urged the state government to restrain political functionaries from interfering with appointments, promotions, postings and discipline of workers as well as implement the salaries prescribed for Permanent Secretaries by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission with effect from January 2007
Dietake also called for the release funds to ministries and extra-ministerial departments to pay all outstanding workers claims, adding that the association expected the government to restore the posts of director of protocol and the chairman/administrator of internal revenue to civil servants.