The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Amina Shamaki has been sacked from her office by workers in the ministry, National Mirror can report. Sources at the ministry disclosed that Mrs Shamaki now operates from home, where files are brought to her from the ministry as workers have banned her from her office, located at the new Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary is under fire over allegation of high-handedness; collusion with directors who are due for retirement in the ministry to remain in office, and championing litigation for such objective in court; overbearing among others. Leader of the workers, Hassan Habba, told our correspondent yesterday that her absence in office “is for her own safety,” adding that “work has been going on smoothly in the ministry” with the absence of the Permanent Secretary. The workers had shut down the ministry fortnight ago and stormed the office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, HoS, to demand Shamaki’s deployment.
The placard-carrying workers thronged the HoS in hundreds and chanted various protest songs which drew attention of passers-by and staff of the premises.
“Bring experience, knowledgeable, competent Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Health, because this is a five-star ministry. We have three sensitive offices in the Federal Ministry of Health – the office of the Minister, Minister of State and Permanent Secretary. But, to our dismay, whether it happened in error, the Permanent Secretary is a medical doctor, the Minister is a medical doctor, the Minister of State is a medical doctor, we have problem.
You must give us somebody who will serve as an arbiter between these two people. We need an experienced person to lead that ministry
By: Marcus Fatunmomole
National Mirror News
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