Workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are expected to sign an agreement with the federal government today (Friday) after which they would call off their one day old strike.
The workers had embarked on an industrial action on Thursday to protest what they described as their bad working condition under NEMA’s new leadership.
The workers were also seen yesterday at the headquarters of the Agency barricading the entrance of the office building with different placards as early as 8 a.m., singing solidarity songs while calling for the sack of its Director-General, Mustapha Maihaja.
In unison they demanded for the resignation of Maihaja as they claimed he has clearly shown that he does not have the adequate capacity and knowledge to run a humanitarian agency.
However, in a statement signed by the spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, and issued to pressmen and made available to Premium Times on Friday, it is understood that the federal ministry of labour had to quickly wade in to resolve the differences between the agency and its workers.
He said following the brokered peace, NEMA workers would be opening their offices in all parts of country from Friday.
The statement read: “The industrial dispute between the management and staff of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have been resolved yesterday, Thursday, 19th October, 2017.
“The disputes which resulted in the closure of the NEMA offices nationwide was resolved immediately following a meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige in Abuja with the NEMA Management led by Director General, Mustapha Maihaja and representatives of the national body of the Labour Union represented by the National President of Trade Union Congress, Secretary General of the Association of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, FCT leaders of NLC and Nigeria Civil Service Union.
“Among the issues discussed were matters relating to the staff welfare and other areas of misunderstanding which were fully resolved with timeline for implementation to be closely monitored by the Minister of labour and productivity.
“At the end of the tripartite meeting, a joint settlement agreement was signed by both parties with the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour as witness. With these developments, the offices of NEMA hitherto closed are expected to reopen for normal operation nationwide Friday, 20th October, 2017.”
Thursday’s industrial action was the first of its kind in the record of the relief agency.