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Youth Ministry plans big strike

Youth Ministry plans big strike

Aggrieved workers attached to the National Stadium in the Ministry of Youth, Employment and Sports are currently hatching plans for tougher industrial strike action anytime from now. (Photo: Mr. Paul Kamara, Minister of Youth Employment and Sports)

Our reporter was at the National Stadium past Monday and caught up with angry workers of the Ministry, who among other things vented out uncalled for actions of senior Ministry officials. 

Notwithstanding, it is gathered that the workforce at the National Stadium have gone without remuneration for some 14 months now, adding that, vibes from the grapevine disclosed verbatim that workers payment of NASSIT fees for some three more years are yet to reflect in their respective accounts. 

Rumors precipitating their resolve for an industrial strike action came owing to the Minister of Youth Employment and Sports’ unilateral resolution to use money in account of the National Stadium fund in honour of the past international football fixture between the Menas of Niger and Leone Stars of Sierra Leone; which has reportedly rendered the stadium account handicapped. 

It could be recalled that the National Stadium account holds proceeds from rentals of the stadium and its hostels, which are usually subsidies for salaries and other forms of honorarium for staff. 

According to the aggrieved workers, the Minister insisted that he should be included in the list of signatories of the account which formerly allow signatures of the Director of Sports and the Manager of the National Stadium or the permanent secretary of the Ministry. 

While pundits questioned what the intention of the Minister could have suggested, there is allegedly no funds left in the account and now the entire stadium has been deprived of all utilities including electricity and water supply. 

In a telephone interview with the Minister, Mr. Paul Kamara, to ascertain allegations surrounding monies withdrawn from the coffers of National Stadium, monthly NASSIT contributions of workers and the recent cut off in the supply of water and electricity, he declined making any comment, but said he is unaware of such happenings. 

“I advise you to give me time to check the issues. If you can come to the office later, I can better talk to you,” the Minister said. 

“I am unaware of blames heaped on the Ministry, but will try to make inquiries,” he concluded. 

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  • Will a Youth Ministry strike be able to resolve the issues at hand? Or will it simply exasperate the situation?

    06/15/2011

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