NIMC staff urges FG to address demands or risk another strike

NIMC staff urges FG to address demands or risk another strike

Workers of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Wednesday, January 13, implored the Federal Government to address all their demands or risk another strike by the Commission.

This was confirmed by the Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC Chapter, Asekokhai Lucky, during an interview.

According to Lucky, the meeting which was scheduled to hold with the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantanmi to address the issues has not been held, even though the workers suspended the strike in good faith.

The workers also decried the lack of adequate computers at the Commission’s Headquarters; as they insist it slows down the pace of work.

1st News had reported that the NIMC workers went on strike; protesting poor welfare and the lack of motivation.

The strike was suspended on Monday after the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy intervened.

This suspended industrial action may be short-lived as the workers appeal to the Federal Government to take advantage of the 20-day window to address their demands.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, January 13, demanded the immediate dissolution of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 over alleged incompetence.

1st News had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari set up by the PTF in March 2020 in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

He extended the task force mandate in December.

However, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan; the PDP said the PTF has not demonstrated any capacity; in handling the pandemic beyond the announcement of infections and associated fatalities.

The party urged President Buhari to immediately dissolve the task force; and put in place a team of experts under the control of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); to professionally tackle the pandemic.

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The PDP statement read: “More distressing is that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has not demonstrated any capacity beyond the mere announcement of figures of infected persons; deaths; recoveries; discharges; and issues of local protocols rather than engaging in epidemiology; researches; and also production of equipment; drugs; therapeutic; as well as other medical palliatives that can help stave off the impact of the global pandemic.

“On account of this, the PDP restates our demands for the dissolution of the PTF; and in its place also allow a convergence of experts in a special department; under the purview of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to professionally tackle the pandemic.”

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