Members of staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), have suspended the industrial action which they embarked upon, on Thursday over poor welfare package and the fear of exposure to COVID-19 in the agency.
While confirming the suspension of the strike, the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC unit, Asekokhai Lucky, said workers of the commission across the country will be contacted to resume work by Monday and go ahead with the enrolment of Nigerians for their National Identity Numbers.
According to some media reports, the suspension of the strike by members of staff of the commission follows a meeting with the Federal Government, where it was agreed that their demands would be addressed.
— NIMC (@nimc_ng) January 8, 2021
What you should know
- Following the short deadline given by the Federal Government to all telecom operators to block all phone lines that do not register on their networks with a valid National Identification Number, offices of NIMC across the country have been experiencing huge crowds of applicants.
- This has caused a lot of stress for the staff of the commission who accused the government of not caring about their safety by not providing personal protective equipment, thereby exposing them to the coronavirus disease.
- These concerns forced the NIMC workers to commenced an indefinite strike a few days ago.
- They also demanded for better welfare packages from the government, more allowances for the registration of NIN, which they described as an extra duty, amongst other issues.