Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The management of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has carpeted staffs of the Agency for embarking on industrial action over series of what it described as frivolous allegations.
NEMA’s head of Press Unit, Sani Datti while reacting to some of the issues raised in a statement issued in Abuja said the reasons for the ASCSN action were later discovered to have arisen from issues related to operations of vehicles and the Agency’s Aircrafts and some that have already been addressed during the industrial action embarked by the Association in September last year.
The NEMA Headquarters was last week shut down by the local branch of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria without any prior notice given to the management before such action was taken.
He said the agreement reached by the Management of NEMA with the ASCSN, witnessed by Ministry of Labour and Employment was endorsed by all parties.
These, he said include payment of DTAs’ and Other Claims which he said all outstanding Overtime Allowance (since 2015), which predated the appointment of the present DG, had been settled since last year.
“As for the payment of DTAs and other claims, which have accrued (since 2015) are being released in batches, and considerable progress have been made on them”he said
On the renewal of Group Life Insurance, NEMA said seeking of “No objection” from BPP, Advert, pre-qualification, technical and financial tendering, Evaluation and Approval have since been approved.
Datti added that the staff annual training for 2017 have been concluded successfully while the 2018 training schedule have been approved by the management and implementation has commenced.
“Many staff have so far completed their 2018 training annual”he said
He said the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the ASCSN have also been redeployed back to headquarters immediately after the signing of the agreement last year. Further to this, the newly elected unit treasurer who was in Lagos has also been redeployed to headquarters.
Datti said on Women Separated from their Families, the management have responded to all request of redeployment by married women of the Agency.
On Staff Promotion, he said the Department of Human Resources Management has concluded preparations, briefs and other related cases, such as conversion, upgrading, confirmation, etc.
“To this end the DG has been intimated on the criteria and process of the exercise. Approval cost implication of the needed accreditation of eligible officers has been given and will commence in earnest. This will follow immediately with the fixing of the examination date.
“In further consideration of our resolve and commitment for a better welfare to the staff, the management initiated the process of the most needed improved condition of service for the staff. The report/proposal by the committee has been forwarded to NEMA Governing Council (GC), which has sat and passed a resolution for the constitution of an Establishment Committee headed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) with a mandate to review the proposal and advice the Council. Having sat three times, the Committee is currently writing its report for onward submission and consideration by the GC.
“The NEMA Management sat with the official of the local Unit of the ASCSN in at least two (2) occasions, and the last was an address, made at the instance of the ASCSN official of NEMA, by the management to a large number of the Headquarter’s staff. In addition to this, the National body of the ASCSN have been fully informed of the progress, most recently in a letter written on 6thJune, 2018.
“The commitment of government was invigorated by the Office of the Secretary of the Federation, where a meeting was convened between the NEMA management and the Association’s officials of the local Unit and all addressed of the government efforts to providing better condition of service for NEMA staff. At the end of the meeting, a resolution was reached that the Vehicular barricade should be removed and another meeting rescheduled to Tuesday, 19thJune, 2018.
“Further to all the above, its worthy to note that all the relevant Clauses of the Labour Laws on Industrial Action have not been adhere to and hence violated by the Local Unit of the ASCSN. The Law of Nigeria is clear and specific of the role of NEMA being an emergency service provided as “Essential”. The NEMA Unit officials of the ASCSN do not seems to recognise that.