Nairametrics| The House of Representatives have waded in the prolonged dispute between the management of the National Insurance Commission and the workers’ union, which was well on its way to leading to a shutdown of the Commission’s activities.
In a letter dated January 27, 2017, with reference number NASS/8HR/CT.55/VOL II/107, which was signed by the Clerk to the Committee, Abdulkadir Bello, he House of Representatives joint committee advised that the industrial action should be suspended.
The joint committee setup comprised of those of Insurance and Actuarial Matters, Finance and Labour, and Employment and Productivity and was setup based on House Resolution 25 of 2017 to investigate the alleged cases of intimidation, victimization and discrimination in the commission and settle the lingering crisis between the union and the management.
It would be recalled that the crisis has been going on for over a year now with the workers, under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees closing down the Commission’s headquarters twice last year, in March and November.
The union had also written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, alleging mismanagement and breakdown of governance and administrative structures in the commission.
While the matter was still being investigated by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Isa Dutse, Punch reports that he management of NAICOM wrote a letter prohibiting senior staff in the commission from participation in the union and issued a directive stopping the monthly union check-off dues.
This led to the imminent nationwide shutdown of the Commission’s activities threatened by the Union, but which hopefully has been averted by the Reps’ involvement.