Staff of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) on Wednesday in Abuja began an indefinite strike.
The staff shut their office complex in a protest against the Executive Secretary, Yewande Sadiku, accusing her of “executive felonies”.
The protesting staff asked the government to intervene and address their grievances.
The entrance to the commission’s easily recognisable office was barricaded by unions members who held multi-coloured posters with “Yewande Must Go” written on them.
The sparse group of protesters demanded payment of welfare allowances.
The chairman Association of Senior Civil of Nigeria, NIPC unit, Yusuf Mustafa, told PREMIUM TIMES the action will untill they get results.
“We will not stop until our grievances are addressed, this strike is indefinite for now,” he said.
Mrs Sadiku did not respond to calls and text messages from this newspaper Wednesday seeking her response.
The staff had carried out a similar protest in July 2020, also accusing Mrs Sadiku of wrongdoing, allegations she strongly denied at the time.
Some of the reasons the staff raised as being responsible for the latest strike are alleged wrongful dismissal of members, denial of promotion, breach of the public procurement law and failure to pay staff relevant allowances.
They did not provide evidence to back the claims.
They called for the reversal of the dismissal of all staff sacked in the last four years, renovation and rehabilitation of zonal offices and the NIPC headquarters, and the removal of the executive secretary.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new details regarding the allegations against Mrs Sadiku.
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