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Kemi Adeosun Workers shut down Finance Ministry, demand minister's sack [Photos]

The workers accused the Minister, Kemi Adeosun of incompetence, unwillingness to effect the release of their welfare packages.

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Workers protesting at the Ministry of Finance (Pulse)

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Civil Servants at the Ministry of Finance paralysed business activities at the place following a peaceful protest on Monday, June 20, 2016.

Nigeria's Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun speaks after the inauguration of the Efficiency Unit during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria, November 30, 2015. play Nigeria's Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun speaks after the inauguration of the Efficiency Unit during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria, November 30, 2015. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RTX1WL37)


The workers barricaded the entrance and exit into the building demanding the immediate sack of the Minister, Kemi Adeosun over what they described as "her inability to carry the workers along." They also accused the minister of incompetence.

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Workers at the Ministry of Finance protesting poor welfare (Pulse)


Kemi must go! Kemi is a ghost worker and President Muhammdu Buhari does not want ghost workers in his government. She is our employee and we have sacked her, she cannot enter this building again," the workers said angrily.

Attempts to speak with the workers were unsuccessful as they were directed by their Union Leaders not to speak with the press.

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Workers singing solidarity songs during the protest (Pulse)


However, a staff of the ministry who was denied access to building told our correspondent that the the minister has not met with the workers since she took over from her predecessor, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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Workers protesting poor welfare at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters,  Abuja (Pulse)


"You see, this Kemi is very arrogant. Since she took over from Ngozi, she has never had a meeting with the staff. She does not care about the welfare of workers at all. We are being owed our allowances and other welfare packages. When our union leaders approached her, she said she is the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not the Minister of Finance. Can you just imagine?

"Her own is to just come to the office and go. The worst is, she does not even know her work. She is just making mistakes everywhere and she can't even relate with people so she can learn.  Ibrahim Babangida was not wrong for saying that the young generation cannot lead this country. This is just a classic example,"  he said.

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Ministry of Finance workers in a peaceful protest (Pulse)


Another staff who simply identified himself as Olu told Pulse.ng stated that the gates would remain locked until their demand is met.

"It is unfortunate that at this time when Nigeria needs committed people to run the economy of this nation, some are just here to see the economy die. Kemi's incompetence has not only affected the staff of the ministry alone but Nigeria at large. She is not doing anything as far as we are concerned. That is why we are out here this morning and we will be here to prevent her from going into that office," he said.

Meanwhile, the minister has said that the federal government will loan its states a total of 90 billion naira ($453 million), in its latest effort to augment their monthly income and ease strain caused by plunging oil revenues.

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