By Ochiaka Ugwu
The Federal Information Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has been proscribed by the authorities of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
This was made known last week following a circular released by the Ministry and signed by the Director Human Resources Management, Mr. S. U. Ewa.
The circular dated 31st July 2018 and titled, “Recognized Unions in the Ministry” in its content stated categorically that the Ministry only recognized four unions which the Federal Information Chapel of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) was one of them.
It listed in clear terms the recognized unions as, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Nigeria Union of Public Service Secretaries and Reportorial Staff (NUPSSR), and Amalgamated Union of Printing and Allied Workers (AUPAW).
Mr. Ewa who signed the circular warned that any violation of the directive will attract serious sanction from the authority.
According to the Circular, “It has come to the notice of management that several associations as well as legacy group parade themselves in the Ministry purporting to cater for the interest of staff.
“Henceforth, except for the unions recognized in the Ministry as Associations of Trade Union, other interest groups have been proscribed.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the unions recognized in the Ministry for the time being are:
i. Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN),
ii. Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU),
iii. Nigeria Union of Public Service Secretaries and Reportorial Staff (NUPSSR), and
iv. Amalgamated Union of Printing and Allied Workers (AUPAW).
“Any violation of this directive will attract appropriate sanction” the Circular concluded.
It was gathered that the action did not go down well with the majority of the workers who alleged that a senior personnel may have been behind the development.
Some who spoke on the condition of anonymity detested her leadership style noting that she does not have the power to stop staff from holding and airing their views on matters of common interest.