NIMC workers commence strike over funding, exposure to COVID-19

NEWSMAN, Abuja – National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)’s staff below grade level 12 have begun a 2-day warning strike Thursday.

The warning strike was embarked upon to demand safety measures for the NIMC staff against COVID-19 and also to demand for new salary structure, the chairman of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) NIMC unit, Asekokhai Lucky Michael, and the unit’s secretary, Odia Victor, said.

“Subsequent upon the last just concluded Congress of the above mentioned association that held 6th January, 2021. The Unit Executive hereby directs all members of Grade Level 12 and below in the Head Office and all states offices to report to their respective duty post tomorrow (today) 7th January, 2021 and do nothing”, a communique signed by Michael and Victor said.

The association also advised all members in the local government offices and special centres to stay away from the various centres as the association task force and implementation committee would be on ground to ensure compliance.

They also asked to be paid overtime and given enough tools to work with.

The congress noted that, “Staff members were infected with COVID-19 and adequate measures have not been taken to curtail the spread. The meeting resolved that safety of staff should be prioritised. Furthermore the office environment should be fumigated immediately.”

“The congress agreed that the NIMC staff salary structure approved by the Federal Government vide Presidential assent be implemented in the personnel appropriation of the 2021 annual budget effective January 2021.

“That the lopsided and irregular promotion done in 2017 and 2020 be reviewed, regularised and gazetted in accordance with public service rules”.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had asked all telcos to disconnect the SIM cards of persons who have not integrated their national identity numbers (NIN) with their phone lines by the end of January.

The announcement however made applicants crowd NIMC offices across the country in large numbers.

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