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FG probes workers’ protest against perm sec

 By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Federal Government has set up a panel to look into the recent crisis that rocked the Interior Ministry last Wednesday when staff of the ministry locked out all staff protesting that the Permanent Secretary should be removed.

During the inauguration of the panel yesterday, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Stephen Oronsaye said, “government was concerned because the incident that occurred at the Ministry of Interior on May 28 when the workers demanded for the removal of the permanent secretary was unprecedented.”

He stressed further that “the aim of setting up the panel was to find out the remote and immediate causes of the crisis as the panel is free to go into any area, and summon anybody in the course of its investigation.”

He however urged the members to apply the principles of justice and fairness while discharging their duty noting that the recommendations should not only help to solve the problem in the ministry but also assist “in defining the relationship between workers and management and that between ministers and Permanent Secretaries”.


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