NIN number: Millions of phone users stranded as NIMC staff commence strike

Muhammad Khamis

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) unit of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has directed members to embark on strike.

This was contained in a communique released at the end of a congress and signed by the ASCSN NIMC unit, Mr Asekokhai and the Union Secretary, Victor Odia, on Thursday.

Millions of mobile phone users, who want to integrate their national identity numbers (NIN) with their phone lines are stranded at various NIMC offices across the country to avoid the risk of disconnecting their SIM cards by the end of January.

The industrial action, according to the communique, was over poor welfare package, lack of tools and risk of exposure to coronavirus.

The communique further read: “The meeting was convened to discuss the state of the exposure of staff members to COVID-19, and the salary structure and its representation in the annual appropriation, and the irregularities in the conduct of promotions, and the personal protection and safety in light of the covid-19 pandemic,”

Part of the demands include review of the lopsided and irregular promotion carried out in 2017, appropriation in the 2021 annual budget and adequate provision of work tools for civic data enrollment and implementation of the approved salary structure.

They also demanded the provision of adequate monthly operational stipends, work tools necessary for the process of enrolment of civic data: these tools are not limited to; power and connectivity (airtime and data connectivity), enrolment systems and peripherals, stationeries and consumables (NIN slips, enrolment forms, A4 paper).

“It was agreed that all enrolment activities should be suspended with immediate effect pending when the aforementioned demands are met,” the union said.

“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.

“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 with the directive.”

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