SEC Workers Stage Another Protest, Demand the Sack of Aruma Oteh
For the third time so far, workers of the securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today staged a protest demanding for the removal of the Commission’s Director General, Aruma Oteh over an alleged deployment of contract staff to head some departments in the organization.
The workers who trooped out of their offices as early as 8.30 am local time to sing anti-Oteh’s songs also displayed placards bearing inscriptions such as “No to redeployment of Managing Director of Training School against board’s decision”; “No to undue delay of application files for months”; “No to sole administration”, and many others.
Addressing newsmen on their grievances, chairman of the workers’ union, Muhammed Salihu, said that the DG had posted some contract staff hired by her to head the Internal Audit Department and SEC’s Training School, among others.
According to him, “We have 21 contract staffers, all of them placed in certain positions that are unbearable and against public service policy. It is unheard of that you make such a person a senior manager. You have somebody who graduated in 1994 and you make him a deputy director. We have 21 of them,’’ he said.
He said the union had written to seek audience with the Director General but received queries instead.
Salihu said that the union would give the management two weeks to work things out to ensure peace and harmony in the commission.
“It is unfortunate that the Director General has decided to adopt sole administration pattern to run the place. This is against service policy. Government should intervene in the situation to help develop the capital market in the country.’’
Secretary of the union, John Biggs, also said if Oteh fails to withdraw the contract staffs from the sensitive positions she posted them after their two-week ultimatum, the union would embark on an industrial action. “All we are asking for is the right thing to be done. SEC is not a different place. You cannot bring somebody who has no competence to head a department. Nobody studies experience in school. You can only gain experience while in service. We have experienced staff here,’’ he said.
An official of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Wahid Sikiru, who was also at the protest said it is unfortunate that SEC had refused to listen to the plea of the staff union, adding that, “We are here to support what they are doing and we hope that in two weeks, they will come up with something good so that peace will reign at the commission
A letter by the union to Oteh dated September 10, raised so many issues which included contract staffing, redeployment and harassment by uniform security agents.
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