The registration for National Identification Number, NIN has been halted in Abuja and in some parts of the country, as staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) unit of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has directed members to embark on strike over poor salary structure and deplorable working conditions.
In a statement signed by Micheal Asekokhai, NIMC unit of ASCSN, and Victor Odia, the union’s secretary, said the industrial action was over poor welfare package, lack of tools and risk of exposure to coronavirus.
“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,” the statement read.
In Abuja, the nation’s capital, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami visited the NIMC Headquarters to engage with the protesting workers.
Meanwhile, residents of Kano were left stranded at the regional office of the NIMC, as they were denied access to the premise due to the on going strike at the commission. The gate to the premises was also shut against those who came to register for their NIN, leaving the people frustrated.
Also in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Southeast Nigeria, the NIN registration was abruptly halted on Thursday, as staff of NIMC joined their counterparts across the country to protest what they called deplorable working conditions and poor salary structure.
The Federal Government has announced that all mobile phone SIM cards without a National Identity Number (NIN) will be blocked from 31st of January, 2021.