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NIMC workers begin strike over funding, COVID-19 risks

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) workers have embarked on industrial action, due to COVID-19 risks, poor funding and other reasons.

The President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Lucky Michael, and its Secretary, Odia Victor, signed the notice of the strike, The PUNCH reports.

It read in part, “Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the association mentioned above that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members of 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.

“All members at the local government offices and special centres are advised to stay away from their various centres as a task force, and implementation committees would be on parade to ensure total compliance to the directive.”

Over 100 million Nigerians have yet to do so, which has caused huge crowds to gather at the various offices of NIMC in breach of the COVID-19 protocol.

According to a communiqué made public at the end of the congress meeting of the ACCSN, NIMC branch, the strike had become necessary due to staff’s exposure to COVID-19 risks, lack of personal protective equipment, irregularities in the promotion and poor funding.

The congress said, “Staff members were infected with COVID-19 and adequate measures have not been taken to curtail the spread.

“The meeting resolved that the 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.”

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