In a startling turn of events, David Umahi, Nigeria’s Works Minister, has been confined within his office as protesting workers barricaded the entrance, alleging interference in the ministry’s operations. This incident comes after Umahi’s decision to prevent late-coming workers from accessing the ministry earlier in the day.
Umahi, who assumed office as Works Minister, has faced mounting discontent from engineers and directors within the ministry. Workers have accused him of undermining their roles by introducing external consultants to oversee key affairs of the ministry.
Earlier today, the situation escalated when Umahi reportedly barred late-arriving employees from entering the premises. This action, coupled with previous grievances, prompted a spontaneous protest by the ministry’s workforce.
As tensions flared, workers converged outside Umahi’s office, effectively preventing him from leaving. Chants and placards expressing their discontent filled the air as the standoff continued.
The aggrieved workers have demanded an immediate reversal of Umahi’s decision to bring in external consultants, arguing that it undermines their expertise and experience. They also seek assurances that their roles and responsibilities within the ministry will not be further marginalized.
The Works Ministry has played a pivotal role in Nigeria’s infrastructure development, making the ongoing protest and standoff a matter of national concern. The government is yet to release an official statement on the unfolding situation.
Obinwannem news will continue to monitor this developing story and provide updates as more information becomes available.