Workers of the National Identity Management Commission have suspended the industrial action embarked upon on Thursday over the fear of COVID-19 spread in the agency.
The workers decided to put the strike on hold after a meeting with the Federal Government, where it was agreed that the demands of the employees would be addressed.
The President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC Unit, Asekokhai Lucky, confirmed the suspension of the strike in Abuja.
He said workers of the commission across the country were being contacted to resume work by Monday and continue the enrolment of citizens for National Identity Numbers.
In line with the suspension of the industrial action, NIMC, announced that normal enrolment services for the National Identification Number (NIN) have been fully restored at all NIMC offices nationwide.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Kayode Adegoke in a statement said the glitches experienced since January 6, 2021, have been sorted out.
It would be recalled that enrolment services were temporarily disrupted when the local chapter of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) of NIMC embarked on industrial action on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, immediately after their congress.
In view of this, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami who promptly intervened in the matter, has assured the workers of looking into their grievances and advised them to empathise with Nigerians especially at this time that linkage of the NIN with the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards is ongoing for the security of lives and property in the country.
While thanking Nigerians for their understanding in the face of the challenges posed by the two-day hiatus in enrolment, Director-General of NIMC, Mr. Aliyu Aziz, stressed his Management’s avowed pursuit of the welfare, health and safety of all staff of the Commission.
Aziz enjoined staff to go about their normal duties while fully observing the COVID-19 protocols as they enrol Nigerians and other eligible individuals.
He also gave the assurance that more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be made available to staff, in addition to those already donated by the World Bank which had since been distributed to all NIMC offices nationwide.
Source: Voice of Nigeria