By Grace Udofia
ABUJA—Scores of protesters, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest at the Federal Ministry of Communications over the decision of the Federal Government to withdraw their appointment and cancel their recruitment by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
Spokesperson for the protesters, Mr. Daniel Nkpabo, called on NITDA to immediately issue them with their letters of posting, since they were duly recruited by the agency.
According to him, NITDA had denied that they were given any appointment letter and asked them to go, that their appointments were made through the back door.
He said: “We are law abiding citizens of the country, we want to work and it is our right to work, and as such, we are demanding that they give us our posting letters to the different places for us to resume work.
‘’Our recruitment was not done illegally because constitutionally, government has a commission that is responsible for the recruitment of staff, which is the Federal Character Commission, FCC.
“This commission has given approval for our recruitment, so, I do not know how else the recruitment can be legal because they are aware of our recruitment.
“It has been a long wait and we are tired already, most of us had to resign from our previous jobs to take up this appointment. We have bills to pay; our children are there, their fees need to be paid too.
‘’They cannot say the agency is short of funds because some of us were opportuned to be posted before they sent us away, and we discovered that we were all captured in the agency’s budget for 2016.”
‘’Our names have all been incorporated in the nominal role of the agency. Enough of the excuses, the entire NITDA has about 70 staff only, why won’t they give us placement when they need more hands? What do they want to achieve by playing with able Nigerians who are ready to work.”
Also speaking, one of the protesters, Isah Mohammed, said the Minister had previously asked them to wait till a new Director General was appointed.
He called on the Minister to look beyond any internal crisis in the ministry and ensure it didn’t affect the workers, since they had the rights as citizens to be gainfully employed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It will not be fair for this government that has promised employment to truncate this process of these people that have been employed already,” he added