Sack NIMC DG now, Labour tells Jonathan

By Sylvester Enoghase Lagos

Appalled by the anti-Labour activities in National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to remove the Director General of the Commission from office to forestall industrial crisis

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

ASCSN’s Secretary-General Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, who made the declaration in Lagos on Sunday regretted that since Barrister Chris Onyemenam assumed office as the NIMC Director-General, he has embarked on unproductive project of generating one industrial crisis or the other to the extent that the Commission has not been able to deliver on its primary and simple assignment of issuing identity cards to millions of Nigerians.

He said: “Instead of going about executing the functions for which the organization was established, Barrister Onyemenam just engaged himself in frivolous acts aimed at achieving selfish goals. This is very unfortunate”.

According to the Lawal, in 2012 the NIMC Director-General dismissed 5,000 junior employees without following the due process and for no genuine reasons.

He noted that the NIMC Director-General started another war of attrition with the ASCSN which had continued to resist his efforts to relieve more than 1,000 Senior Staff of their jobs on spurious charges.

The ASCSN’s  scribe regretted that even though the NIMC Management had been served court processes by the Court of Appeal, Abuja in respect of the retrenchment while the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as well as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation had also written the Commission to stay action on the matter pending the outcome of the court action, the Director General of the Commission  has continued to insist that President Jonathan authorized him not to obey court processes nor abide by the rule of law.

“But Your Excellency has clearly demonstrated for the umpteenth time including the recent act of statesmanship by conceding victory to your main opponent in the just concluded presidential election that you subscribe to the rule of law; and it is therefore obvious that the NIMC Director General is a name dropper trying to tarnish the image of Mr. President,” he emphasized.

Source : Independent

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