The registration of candidates for the Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) was halted on Thursday throughout the nation when employees from the Nationwide Identification Administration Fee (NIMC) began a nationwide strike.
In Abuja, lots of the candidates who arrived on the fee’s headquarters at eight am have been locked up exterior the workplace, whereas authorities mentioned the strike in a low voice.
It was recalled that the president of the NIMC department of the Affiliation of Senior Public Officers in Nigeria (ASCSN), Fortunate Michael, and the union secretary, Odia Victor, collectively signed the strike discover.
The warning reads: “Following the not too long ago concluded congress of the aforementioned affiliation, which happened on January 6, 2021, the unit’s government guides all members of Degree 12 and under at headquarters and state workplaces to report back to their respective posts on January 7, 2021 (yesterday) and do nothing.
“All members of native authorities workplaces and particular facilities are suggested to keep away from their facilities, as the duty drive and the implementation committees could be on parade to make sure full compliance with the directive.”
An announcement launched on the finish of the ASCSN department congress assembly mentioned the strike has change into crucial, contemplating the dangers concerned within the present file attributable to employees’ publicity to the dangers related to COVID-19.
The union additionally listed another causes for the motion.
Our correspondent’s efforts to make clear the NIMC administration’s place on the strike by its spokesman Kayode Adegoke have been unsuccessful final night time.
He didn’t reply a number of calls made to his cellphone.
The identical state of affairs has occurred in lots of different components of the nation.
In Oyo state, NIMC employees didn’t work yesterday.
They claimed to be complying with an ASCSN directive that ordered employees and affiliated entities to go on strike.
The president of the state union, Mr. Fortunate Michael, mentioned that the motion was vital as a result of publicity of employees to the dangers of COVID-19, lack of non-public protecting gear, irregularities in promotion, inadequate financing, amongst others.
The State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr. Olusola Sotayo, confirmed the event.
He mentioned: “The union guided the employees (to strike). It is a matter that has to do with ministry, administration and authorities. It’s an ASCSN directive. We’re within the workplace and all the employees are working, solely they aren’t working. “
Residents of the states of Anambra, Nasarawa, Delta, Cross River, amongst others, couldn’t be registered yesterday.
They expressed frustration on the impossibility of being registered with the NIN.
Many others known as for extra facilities to be created to permit the big variety of potential registrants to have the very important quantity.
As well as, the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) mentioned on Thursday it will arrest and prosecute anybody promoting its Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN).
In a press release by its Head of Media and Promoting, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC mentioned: “Whereas Nigerians wrestle to accumulate the Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN) from the workplaces of the Nationwide Identification Administration Fee (NIMC) all through the nation, it got here to the eye of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), which some unscrupulous persons are taking advantage of the train to induce subscribers to promote their NIN for a price.
“Patrons of the numbers are additionally negotiating with them for individuals whose motives are something however noble …”
“The EFCC needs to alert Nigerians that it isn’t solely unlawful to promote their NIN, they danger oblique legal responsibility for any felony act associated to their NIN.
“In different phrases, they run the chance of being arrested and prosecuted for any felony act associated to their NIN, no matter whether or not or not they’re
are instantly accountable for such crimes. “The fee warns the general public towards promoting their NIN and to report anybody who desires to purchase their NIN, to the closest EFCC workplace or different regulation enforcement businesses.”