NIMC Staff Commence Indefinite Strike Over COVID-19 Scare, Poor Funding .

 

By Na’ankwat Dariem.

 

 

 

The Staff Union in the National Identity Management Commission under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has embarked on an indefinite strike.

The strike commenced in the early hours of Thursday across the nation.

In a communiqué signed by the Chairman, ASCSN, NIMC unit, Asekohai Lucky, the association asked all staff to report to their duty posts but do nothing.

Mr Michael said members of the association from level 12 and below are directed to resume office and do nothing from January 7.

“Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above-mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members on Grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2020 and do nothing, ” a notice signed by Mr Michael said.

Reasons for the strike, Mr Michael said the welfare of members was paramount for the strike to hold, saying they are being exposed to COVID-19 despite all warnings from Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

”Some staff have contracted the COVID-19 virus and the management is not doing anything,” he explained.

The Chairman said workers receive poor wages despite the risk they have been exposed to.

“Staff members were infected with COVID-19 and adequate measures have not been taken to curtail the spread. The safety of staff should be prioritised while offices environment should be fumigated immediately.

“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.”

When asked about calling off the strike, he said the action will end when the government responds to their demands.

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

Meanwhile, the Management of the National Identity Management Commission on its official Twitter handle had said that the Commission distributed the COVID-19 protective materials donated by the World Bank to all enrolment centers in 36 states and the FCT.

Some of the items include: hand sanitizer, soap, washing hand basin, face mask, face shield etc,.

According to NIMC, the safety of Staff and Applicants is our topmost priority.