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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Staff union has embarked on an indefinite strike that started on Monday.

Mr Sani Datti, Head Media and Public Relations of NEMA, confirmed this while speaking to correspondents of Tribune Newspaper. He said that the management of the agency was surprised to see all the offices locked down without prior notice from the staff union.

He said it was later discovered that this action by the staff union was prompted as a result of the delay in the response to their demand for Group Life Insurance for the staff, and Personal accident insurance. Mr Datti, went further to confirm that the Group life insurance has already been approved, while the personal accident insurance is also being worked on.

He stated further that the new management of NEMA has initiated some new actions to make the condition of service of the staffs better, a committee has been set up and for this reason. The committee has sat three times and received necessary briefings and would soon forward its report for consideration and approval.

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Mr Datti also said that the management is finding ways to negotiate with the staff unions to resolve issues of outstanding claims and they have constituted another committee to verify staff claims while payment processes have started for those that are cleared.

He further stated that the action of the staff union is illegal and do not conform to any known labour law and norm and he advised them to discontinue the strike action as the management is open for dialogue with the staff.

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