There is an uneasy calm at the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC, following the alleged intimidation of workers after the recent peaceful protest at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Our correspondent gathered that the strike by the staff under the auspices of Trade Union Congress, TUC two weeks ago, has degenerated into the alleged ‘militarisation’ of the headquarters complex.
The staff, had during the strike locked the NIPC headquarters located at Maitama, Abuja for three days to protest the alleged “incompetence, high-handedness, fraudulent practices, intimidation and lack of capacity by the Executive Secretary, Ms. Saratu Umar to provide good leadership for the Commission.
“Since the peaceful protest by staff which was called off on the intervention of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga and the setting up of Presidential Administrative Investigative Committee by the government to look into the crisis, the Executive Secretary, Ms. Saratu Umar has engaged several fully armed policemen that roam the Commission’s head office, intimidating staff.
It would be recalled that the federal government had set up an Investigative Committee headed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Abdulkadir Musa and was given five days to submit its findings.
The Committee was said to have concluded its assignment on Monday last week and was expected to submit the reports to President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga.
Also, that the Executive Secretary had during the protest by staff gone to press to state that the directors were indicted, corrupt and incompetent. The directors therefore maintained that there was no moral justification for them to sit and take decisions with her on issues; which were already being considered by the Presidential panel.
The last ground is that, overtime, both staff of the commission and superior officers and the parent ministry had blamed the directors for tolerating the excesses of the Executive Secretary for so long.


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