NIMC Staff Protest Planned Retrenchment Of Colleagues

NIMC-workers-protestStaff of the management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have staged a protest against an alleged plan by the agency to retrench over 1,000 staff.

The commission debunked the claims,  saying the management  would only retrench staff with fake employment letters.

Spokesman for the NIMC, Abdulwaheed Umar, told reporters on Tuesday that the affected workers had been given an opportunity to regularise their employment which they failed to do.

The protesting workers took to the streets in Abuja on Tuesday, demanding that the agency should jettison the plan.

The Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Isaac Ojemhenke, criticised the management of the commission for the planned exercise, just as the FCT chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Aliyu Musa, bemoaned the working conditions of workers in the commission.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Commission, Abdulwaheed Umar, however, denied the claims of the workers, saying the management is only sanitising the commission by enforcing minimum standards and work ethics.

With the aggrieved workers shutting down the headquarters of the commission in Abuja, Nigerians, who want to collect their National Identity Cards, may have to wait, as the workers have vowed to keep the place under lock and key until the retrenchment exercise is reversed.

NIMC Registers Fayemi, Deputy For New ID Card

Gov-Kayode-Fayemi-of-Ekiti-stateThe National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has registered Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, under its new National Identity Card Scheme.

A press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olayinka Oyebode, noted that Fayemi’s biometric data was captured in Ado-Ekiti alongside with those of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, by the NIMC officials led by Head of Business and Development Services, Dr Robert Attuh, who stood in for the Director-General of the commission.

The Governor and his deputy were subsequently presented with their National ID Numbers after their biometric data were captured at the Bureau of Public Infrastructure Building in the precincts of the Governor’s Office.

The Governor promised to give the NIMC maximum support needed in its statutory responsibility of identity management in the state.

He identified the payroll biometric integrated system in which workers on government payroll were identified and now paid electronically to ensure transparency.

Fayemi explained that his administration has carried out some measures to ensure proper planning and management of the state resources through the management of the identity of government workers.

According to Fayemi, the identity management is a very critical issue in a place like Ekiti given what was experienced in one of the local government areas of the state on the issue of identity.

He urged all Ekiti residents to make use of the opportunity to get registered for their biometric details to go into the national database as good citizens of the country.

The leader of the NIMC team, Dr. Attuh, acknowledged the support received by his agency from the Fayemi administration and revealed that NIMC now has presence in six out of 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State with four enrolment centres for biometric data registration of citizens.

Giving explanation on the advantages of the National e-ID Card Scheme, Attuh disclosed that the identity document allows the bearer to transact payment locally and internationally and can also be used as a travel document.

He also revealed that the new document which is chip-based can also be used to pay workers’ salaries to prevent the ghost workers syndrome. Attuh said the NIMC officials also came to Ekiti for the purpose of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government saying the collaboration would allow a seamless enumeration of residents.

This, he said would allow government to meet up with its responsibilities, payment of stipends to the aged, execution of healthcare policies among others.

Attuh added that the project is a pilot programme to be replicated in other states of the federation.