Friday, 08 January 2021 05:06

NIN registration put on hold as NIMC staff commence indefinite strike

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Staff of National Identify Management Commission (NIMC), on Thursday, embarked on an indefinite strike over poor funding.

The strike commenced in the early hours of Thursday across the nation.

President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Lucky Michael, confirmed the action to this newspaper via a phone interview.

Federal government had directed telecommunication operators through the Nigerian Communication Commission to block subscribers who fail to link their mobile numbers to their NIN

The directive said subscribers were given a period of two weeks to link their numbers but was later extended to January 18 2021.

Subscribers without NIN have until February 9 to register and link it to their phone numbers

Michael said members of the association from level 12 and below are directed to resume office and do nothing from January 7.

“Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above-mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members of grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2020 and do nothing,” a notice signed by Mr Micheal said.

“All members at the local government offices and special centres are advised to stay away from their various centres as task force and implementation committees would be on parade to ensure total compliance to the directive.”

Reasons for strike

Micheal said the welfare of its members was paramount for the strike to hold, saying they are being exposed to Covid-19 despite all warnings from (NCDC).

”Some staff have contracted the Covid-19 virus and the management is not doing anything,” he said.

Also, he said workers receive poor remuneration despite the risk they have been exposed to.