Civil Servants In Ibadan Protest Alleged Proposed Retrenchment

Civil ServantsMembers of the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Civil Servants in Nigeria (ACSN) have protested against the proposed sack of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) staff.

The protesters, who refused to report for duty in their various posts because of the fear of the mass sack making the rounds, gathered at the front of the commission’s office at New Garage area in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, chanting solidarity songs to register their displeasure.

The ACSN Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Ibrahim Salman, said about 1000 sack letters had already been prepared for various categories of the commission’s employees.

He also disclosed that the old staff of the commission, who were inherited from the Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR), but later merged with the new staff of the commission were mostly affected by the proposed mass retrenchment.

Mr Salman further stressed that over 4,000 staff of the commission had earlier been laid off across the country, noting that only the old staff of the commission inherited from DNCR were targeted.

In the same vein, the ACSN Publicity Secretary, Mr Adeyemi Olaide, said most of the core civil servants inherited by the commission have been subjected to victimisation and hardship, denying them of their promotion in the process.

He said the Union would do everything possible to frustrate the sack of the civil servants, stressing that the country cannot afford another mass sack considering the poor state of the nation’s economy.

Meanwhile, Officials of the NIMC have described the protest as malicious and an attempt to discredit the management of the commission.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Chris Onyemenam, said the protesting staff were those who have disciplinary cases to face over falsified records.

Mr Onyemenam, however, refuted plans by the commission to declare redundancy or undertake any form of retrenchment of its staff.

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.

National Identification Card: Obasanjo, Amosun Register, Commend Exercise

National Identity CardNigeria’s ongoing national identity registration exercise got a major boost as former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, got registered at different locations in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Former President Obasanjo, while performing the exercise at the state headquarters of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, in Abeokuta, said that the exercise would help government at all levels to plan for growth and development of the country.

The former president, in whose regime the exercise began in 1979, commended the exercise.

“There is need to thank God, after the initial step in 1979, more than 30years ago, we have come back. I hope that this step that we are taking now will be sustained and will serve all the needs of Nigerians. It will also help us to maintain a little bit of security,” he said.National Identification Card

He was, however, quick to ask for more features to be added into the system. He canvassed that blood groups of individual Nigerians should be included in subsequent exercise, in case of accident.

In his own submission, the Ogun State Governor, who led other members of the State Executive Council to the registration point at the state secretariat, said that the new exercise would allow for adequate planning which in turn improves socioeconomic development and well-being of all Nigerians.

“Indeed, this should have happened several years back, but if we are able to get it right this time around, I think it will be good for all of us. I think that would help us to plan really, because without that, we truly cannot plan”, he said.

Effort to getting a comprehensive and all inclusive national identification card for Nigerians over thirty years ago when the process commenced had become an illusion to the country, as past attempts by past administrations in the country have not produced the much needed comprehensive and unified national identity card, but this time, the process seemed to be making progress

The exercise is expected to be launched by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja next week and it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to get registered

Kogi Flags Off National Identity Card Exercise

Kogi State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, has urged residents of the state to participate in the national identity card exercise of the Federal Government.

The Governor, who made the call in the Lugard House, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, said that the programme was significant for governance, national security and planning.

The representative of the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC),  Hajia Hadiza Ali Dagabana and management of the Commission were in  Lokoja to create an awareness on the need for every citizen in the state to register with the commission so as to obtain an identification number, which would help the Federal Government in planning.

The NIMC delegates met with some top government officials in the executive chamber of the Government House in Lokoja to brief the Governor on what the commission was all about.

The Director, Inspection and Regulatory Compliance, Hajia Hadiza Dagabana, explained that the Commission had the mandate to own, operate, maintain and manage the National Identification database in Nigeria.

She stressed further that the ongoing National Identification exercise was not time based and would remain open to enable the commission render, enumerate and perform other related services. She urged all citizens of the state to cooperate with the Federal Government by ensuring that they get registered.

To demonstrate the State Government’s commitment, the State Governor, Capt Idris Wada, proceeded to carry out his registration, which was supervised by members of the commission. An identification number was immediately issued to him.

Experts believe that one of the reasons for insecurity in Nigeria could be the porosity of the country’s borders, which allows aliens in and out without proper identification or documentation and that if every citizens in the country was fully registered, insecurity would be minimized.

The Federal Government has made it mandatory for all Nigerians to register and obtain a registration number for easy identification.

Sacked NIMC Workers Shutdown National Assembly

Sacked workers of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday blocked the entrance into the National Assembly complex demanding their reinstatement.

The workers caused a vehicular gridlock, making it difficult for the workers of the National Assembly to get into their offices.

Attempts by members of the Senate Committee on National Population and Identity Card to appeal to the workers were rebuffed as they insisted on being addressed by the senate president.

The four thousand disengaged staff of NIMC said they came from various states of the country to protest their mass sack.

The protesters want lawmakers to influence the removal of the commission’s management whom they accuse of sacking them without following laid down procedures.

The all-day barricade disrupted legislative activities as the major entrances into the parliament remained blocked thereby leading to a two-kilometre traffic jam on the road into the complex.

The protesting workers who became unruly at some point also promised to return for a bigger showdown if their demands are not met.

Sacked Workers Barricade National Assembly Entrance; Demand Justice

Sacked staff of the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday barricaded the National Assembly Complex demanding that House of Representatives give them justice based on their petition before the House.

The protesters, who stormed the NASS Complex at about 8am displaying placards, blocked the first entry point of the Complex making it impossible for both human and vehicular traffic to gain entry into the premises.

Speaking during the peaceful protest, the leader of the sacked workers said “we are aggrieved because in the last one month and five days, we submitted a petition to the House committee on Public Petitions and till date nothing has been done on it.

“We had to barricade this place because we got a letter from the office of the SGF disengaging us and we confirmed that the letter emanated from there. All we want is justice for those who were wrongfully terminated and those of us who had worked for over 34 years and were not duly compensated.”

Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) attached to the Complex, M. Shehu, alongside, the Senate’s Deputy Majority Leader, Abdul Ningi, the Minority Leader, George Akume and Abu Ibrahim took turns to address the protesters.

They appealed to them to maintain peace and order assuring them that justice must be done.

Mr Ningi, who represented the Senate President, David Mark said: “the management of your organisation will appear before me in my office and this issue will be amicably resolved. This is the first time this matter was brought to my notice and I will ensure that the right thing is done.”

The management of NIMC recently laid off over 4000 workers over their inability to meet up with a 6 year period of grace to acquire university education. This development had led to series of protests against the management of the commission.