7 February 2013

Nigeria: House Seeks Recall of Sacked Identity Card Workers

The House of Representatives Wednesday urged the Federal Government to prevail on the Federal Civil Service Commission to recall some sacked employees of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) into the civil service.

The lower chamber of the parliament said the sacked employees should be redeployed to other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) if they can no longer be re-absorbed in their former place of work.

It also urged the NIMIC to present the disengaged staff to the private partner for first option consideration of those suitably qualified for utilisation under the scheme.

These resolutions followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Committee on Public Petitions which investigated the controversial sack of the workers.

The chairman of the committee, Hon. Uzo Azubuike (PDP/Abia), said though the commission followed due process in disengaging its employees, the committee came up with these recommendations in view of the security risk involved in throwing such a large number of persons into the labour market.

Azubuike said the committee discovered that the number of staff sacked was 3,099 and that means that hundreds of families will be affected by the loss of jobs.

Thousands of employees of the commission were laid off last year.

The commission had explained that the disengagement became necessary because most of these disengaged staff were redundant.

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