NIMC work­ers lament poor work­ing con­di­tions, re­mu­ner­a­tion

The Punch - - MONEY - Ife Ogun­fuwa

The work­ers of Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion have de­cried their poor work­ing con­di­tions, re­mu­ner­a­tion and harsh treat­ment.

Some of the work­ers who spoke to The PUNCH on con­di­tion of anonymity said they worked un­der harsh and ter­ri­ble en­vi­ron­ment de­spite the strate­gic im­por­tance of the com­mis­sion to the coun­try.

The work­ers lamented some level 8 of­fi­cers had turned clean­ers in the com­mis­sion’s of­fices as no cleaner had been em­ployed by the com­mis­sion. Some claimed they had to em­ploy peo­ple to clean their of­fices whom they paid on their own.

They also com­plained that the NIMC did not pay over­time even though work­ers were be­ing made to spend ex­tra time at work ev­ery day.

They com­plained that they were not pro­vided with ad­e­quate re­sources to en­rol Nige­ri­ans in most of the en­rol­ment and reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres across the coun­try.

One of the ag­grieved work­ers in a Rivers State of­fice of the NIMC said the de­sire of the Di­rec­tor­gen­eral of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, to ac­cel­er­ate the en­rol­ment into the Na­tional Iden­tity Data­base had turned work­ers into cor­po­rate beg­gars as they had re­sorted to beg­ging for gen­er­a­tors, fuel, data, printers, ton­ers, key­boards, mouse, ta­bles and chairs, among oth­ers.

The NIMC em­ploy­ees said this had led to some re­ported and un­re­ported cases of ex­tor­tion go­ing on in many en­rol­ment and reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres na­tion­wide.

The work­ers said con­cerns re­gard­ing poor wel­fare and work­ing en­vi­ron­ment had al­ways been blamed on in­suf­fi­cient gov­ern­ment al­lo­ca­tion to the com­mis­sion.

An­other ag­grieved em­ployee in the Ilorin of­fice of the com­mis­sion said their salaries had been re­duc­ing since 2014 till date de­spite prom­ises to in­crease salaries.

Ac­cord­ing to the em­ployee, sev­eral al­lowances had not been paid de­spite plead­ings, in­ter­ven­tions by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Civil Ser­vants of Nige­ria and prom­ises made by the DG/ CEO.

The worker said, “The DG/CEO promised that the ap­proved CONPASS would be paid once the com­mis­sion started gen­er­at­ing funds. The com­mis­sion started charg­ing for its ser­vices in 2016 and this was sup­posed to bring suc­cour but it turned out worse than can be imag­ined.

“A Grade Level 8 of­fi­cer in the NIMC earned N84,000 as salary in 2014 and this kept re­duc­ing over the years with no ex­pla­na­tion. The com­mis­sion was in­te­grated into the IPPIS in Septem­ber 2018 and the salary nose­dived to N48,000 till date.

“Th­ese de­vel­op­ments cou­pled with pre­vi­ous yearly dwin­dling of salaries and com­plete re­moval of boar­d­ap­proved spe­cial al­lowance formed the foun­da­tion of the re­cent wel­fare ag­i­ta­tions and cri­sis in the NIMC.”

The work­ers ex­plained that ag­i­ta­tions forced the man­age­ment to pay the em­ploy­ees’ con­trib­u­tory pen­sions into their Re­tire­ment Sav­ings Ac­counts in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber this year for some mem­bers of staff who were em­ployed in 2013 and 2014.

They said their ac­cu­mu­lated al­lowances for the two-week lo­cal train­ing since 2013 and first 28 days al­lowances also since 2013, had not been paid.

•L-R: Chair­man, Board of Trus­tees, Capital Mar­ket So­lic­i­tor As­so­ci­a­tion, Oladipo Odu­jurin; guest speaker/ Man­ag­ing Direc­tor/chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Fi­nan­cial De­riv­a­tives Com­pany Limited, Bismarck Re­wane; Chair­man, CMSA, Ben­jamin Obidegwu; Mem­ber, Board of Trus­tees, CMSA, An­thony Idigbe; and Vice Chair­man, Chike Obianwu, dur­ing the 2019 CMSA end of year din­ner in Lagos… on Satur­day. Photo: Stan­ley Ogidi

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