Foreign Affairs staff demand diplomatic passport, clothing allowance
Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff, yesterday, took to the streets to protest non-issuance of diplomatic passports, clothing allowance, training of officers, among other issues.
They chanted solidarity songs as they moved around the ministry’s premises, demanding that all administration and finance attaches posted to serve abroad be issued henceforth with diplomatic passports. According to them, such development would remove the growing incidence of embarrassment and denial they had hitherto been subjected to with the official passports.
They also called for the immediate posting of executive secretaries and account officers, one per mission and that all administration and finance attaches posted to serve abroad be issued henceforth with diplomatic passports to remove the growing incidence of embarrassment and denial they were subjected to with the official passports.
The aggrieved workers equally asked that the, Deputy Director of Posting, Mr S. O. Olaninya, be immediately deployed from posting division to pave way for JNC-management negotiation, as according to them, “he has been discovered to be biased on the issue.
Their other demands include: “management’s honouring of last May Day demands on clothing allowance, renewal of standard for conversion of officers, and presence of union representatives at top management meetings where decision relating to posting, discipline and Ministerial Tenders Boards (MTB) are taken. The commencement of training of junior officers at federal training centres and the issuance of a circular with immediate effect that every officer should maintain his/her schedule of duty to avoid usurpation of duty, “they insisted.