Mr. Folorunsho Coker, the embattled Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), is once again immersed in another raging controversy. This time around Mr. Coker is at daggers-drawn with the staff union of his agency at the headquarters in Abuja.
The workers of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation yesterday picketed offices of the NTDC, carrying placards calling for the removal of the DG, Mr. Folorunsho Coker. The workers turned out in large number to voice their frustration at the toxic work environment in the Agency, as created by Mr. Coker since became the DG.
The head of NTDC staff union, Mr. Martins Ohiemi, revealed that staff members of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation are dissatisfied with the leadership style of Mr. Coker. Insisting that he treats them like slaves.
The staff union are vexed that Mr. Folorunsho Coker, since his appointment in April 2017, has been mismanaging the NTDC and running it like his personal fiefdom! The DG is said to have excluded the NTDC top management staff from all operational and management decisions since his assumption of duty.
In a letter written to the NTDC DG, and copied to the Minister of Information & Culture, Minister of Labour, the Inspector General of Police and the DSS, dated November 29th 2017 and signed by comrade Sikiru Waheed, the Secretary of FCT Council of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees; the workers said they would picket the offices until Mr. Coker address their complaints.
Some of the grievances raised against Mr. Coker by the NTDC workers included:
- Creation of project units to erode the functions of departments
- Deliberate denial of workers schedule of duty
- Illegal recruitment of workers without regards to the guidelines on appointments and promotion
- Unfriendly posture of the Director General leading to unhealthy working relationship
- Deliberate depletion of existing workers welfare package
- Refusal to conduct 2017 promotion exercise contrary to Federal Government circular directing MDAs to conduct promotion as at when due
The letter ended with a prayer that, “it is our singular prayer that the issues raised above which has endemically eaten deep into the fabric of workers of NTDC should be reserved positively with immediate effect for the progress of NTDC and the workers”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Coker is said to be evasive and has not been coming to the office, since he got wind of the workers protest.