*Protesters certificates are fake and forged, Says NIMC
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) workers under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) Tuesday protested against the planned sack of 1000 of its members.
The protesters who barricaded the entrance of the commission as early as 6am prevented vehicular movements and normal work activities in the premises.
The group of protesters also accused the Director General of the commission, Barr. Chris Onyemenam of tribalism and misappropriation of funds.
Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), FCT chapter, Comrade Aliyu AbdulHakeem described the planned sack as unlawful labour practices in the commission saying;”there is a lot of ungodly and unruly labour practices going on in this premises. It is like a slave camp where the labour laws are not respected, where the CEOs treats their workers as if they are slaves .”
He explained that the DG upon assumption of office, had initially sacked over 5000 workers in the commission and disregarded orders demanding him to recall them.
AbdulHakeem therefore called for the removal and prosecution of the DG for misappropriation of public funds, stressing; “he has embezzled the funds that was allocated for the production of ID cards running into billions. We are not just asking him to be removed because he is going to be removed, we want him to be investigated. If he is found guilty stealing Nigeria public money, he should be jailed. That is our demand, he is unfit for public office.”
In a swift reaction, the General Manager of Corporate Communication, (NIMC), Mr. Abdulhamid Umar said that the union’s demand were enormous, explaining that the staff in question did not scale through the verification process.
He pointed out that the certificates presented for employment by the affected employees were forged and fake.
According to him, “this is a protest orchestrated by the old association that NIMC employees were under and their clamours are numerous. What they are asking the management to do for them are numerous but the fact is that NIMC as a public service organisation, the ponderance of our staff strength are no longer under the union.
“Rather, NIMC has moved to the Senior Staff Association of Telecommunications. Basically, there are two unions here pulling muscles and issues at stake are issues of certificate forgery arising from verification exercises that have been carried out to authenticate genuine staff who have requisite qualification under the NIMC employment policy that says the minimum qualification shall be HND or degree.
“So what that meant is that the old inherited legacy from DNCI, the ponderance of them do not have the qualifications that meets the new requirement. So what that meant is that they are no longer necessarily needed here,” he added.
Responding on the call for the removal of the DG, Umar stated that, “No reasons were given for the call for the removal of the DG. But you might wish to recall that this is the DG that has spent almost 8 years here, revolutionalized the Identity sector in the country and you know change is always bitter and painful. Only few Nigerians will want to embrace change, the man has brought change.”