NIMC workers lament poor working conditions, remuneration
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