Umahi apologises to workers, promises better staff welfare after protests

David Umahi, Minister of Works has apologised to the members of staff and promises to elevate their welfare.

In the early hours of Thursday, September 28, the Minister locked the ministry entrance, preventing worker who arrived late to work.

The staff expressed their displeasure against the action of the Minister through protest and demanded an apology, though recognizing that his actions were not totally wrong but they were not given prior notice before the “tyrannical” action.

They complained of the high cost of transportation and also mentioned that many of the staff live in distant places.

Some of the places they stay are Keffi, Kwali, Bwari, Kaduna road, Gwagwalada, among others.

The displeased staff blocked the entrance of the ministry, restricting passage by anyone including the Minister himself, even while it was finally opened.

They all stood firm and demanded for an “unreserved” apology.

It is worthy of note that Umahi had earlier warned members of the staff on September 26, that any one working against the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would be shown the way out.

He also warned against joining the nation wide strike.

Things later returned to normal when the Minister addressed members of the staff and also promised to improve their welfare.

He attributed this promise to the high cost of transportation and the fact that plenty of the worker live in distant areas.