By Ismail Auwal
The staff of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have embarked on a 2-day warning strike, effective Thursday, leaving thousands of applicants stranded outside their offices.
Some of the major reasons for the strike were listed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) NIMC unit, Asekokhai Lucky Michael and Odia Victor, to include demands for safety measures to protect the staff against COVID-19 and a new salary structure.
“Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above mentioned association 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,” the union leaders said.
They also further directed that, “All members at the local government offices and special centres are advised to stay away from their various centres as task force and implementation committees would be on parade to ensure total compliance to the directive.”
It will be recalled that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Commission, Dr. Pantami, has ordered for the immediate integration of National Identification Number (NIN) with the biometrics data available to telecoms.
The directives have also mandated all telecoms to disconnect the SIM cards that have failed to integrate by the 9th of February 2021.