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Foreign Affairs workers protest non-issuance of diplomatic passport, clothing allowance

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By Victoria Ojeme

WORKERS at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday, took to the streets to protest what they termed non-issuance of diplomatic passports, clothing allowance, training of officers, among other issues.

The protesting workers, who chanted solidarity songs as they moved around the ministry’s premises, demanded that all administration and finance attaches posted to serve abroad be issued henceforth with diplomatic passports.

According to them,such development would remove the growing incidence of embarrassment and denial they had hitherto been subjected to with the official passports.

The workers demanded “immediate posting of executive secretaries and account officers, one per mission and that all administration and finance attaches posted to serve abroad be issued henceforth with diplomatic passports to remove the growing incidence of embarrassment and denial they were subjected to with the official passports.”

They demanded that the, “Deputy Director of Posting, Mr S. O. Olaninya, be immediately deployed  from posting division to pave way for JNC-management negotiation”, as according to them,  “ he has been discovered to be biased on the issue.

“Management should honour last May Day demands on clothing allowance, renewal of standard for conversion of officers, and presence of union representatives at top management meetings where decision relating to posting, discipline and Ministerial Tenders Boards (MTB) are taken.

“Training of junior officers at federal training centres should commence, and management should issue a circular with immediate effect that every officer should maintain his/her schedule of duty to avoid usurpation of duty,”they insisted.

As stated by the release, “Governor Okorocha had given the figure of school enrolment in the State at the moment when he demanded the figure from the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Getrude Oduka.

“While making his speech at the newly built Owerri City Primary School, where he personally marched about three thousand pupils from their old congested Owerri Township College to the newly built Owerri City Primary School, with the aim of decongesting the old School.”

“I’m not here to commission this project but I’m here to welcome the future generation of Ndi Imo to their new school and would like to state categorically here that watching this children today.”

any land of Owerri people for his personal use.

“But only for development and it is only under Governor Okorocha’s government that Owerri Municipal could rightly be described as a state capital.

“With the massive development Owerri Municipal has seen under Governor Okorocha, the indigenes of the area would remain grateful to him and would never forget his administration in a hurry.”

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