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SEC workers protest against use of contract staff

25 September 2012, 16:20

Lagos - The Securities and Exchange Commission Workers Union on Tuesday in Abuja called for the removal of contract staff deployed to head the various departments in the organisation.

The workers came out from their offices carrying placards which read: ``No redeployment of Managing Director  of Training School  against board’s decision.

Others include: ``No to undue delay of application files for months; No sole administration, among others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was a heavy presence of policemen at the SEC headquarters while the protest lasted.

The chairman of the union, Mr Muhammed Salihu, told NAN that contract staff had been deployed by the Director General, Ms Arunma Oteh, to head the Internal Audit Department and SEC Training School, among others.

``We have 21 contract staff, 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.’’

Mr John Biggs, secretary of the union, said if the management did not redeploy the contract staff after the two-week ultimatum, they would embark on an industrial action.

``All we are asking is for 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.

Mr Wahid Sikiru of the Nigerian Labour Congress said it was unfortunate that SEC had refused to listen to the plea of the staff union.

He said that the union was registered and has the right to protest against whatever they see wrong in the operations of the commission.

``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,’’ he said.

NAN reports that a letter by the union to Oteh dated Sept. 10, raised so many issues which included contract staff, redeployment and harassment by uniform security agents.



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