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NIMC workers issue FG Dec 31 ultimatum over unpaid arrears, poor salary

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Workers of the National Identity Management Commission have threatened to shut down the outfit if the management failed to address poor working conditions they were contending with.

The workers are also asking for the payment of outstanding arrears and implementation of the Para-military Salary structure after the National Salaries and Wages Commission classified NIMC under that group of workers.

The workers, under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, had written to the Federal Government on November 8, and given a 21-day deadline to address the lingering issues.

The letter, which was signed by the Secretary-General of ASCSN, Mr Isaac Ojemhenke, was copied to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Minister of Labour and Employment.

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In the letter, the NIMC workers alleged that the state of enrolment centres across the country was worrisome and needed “urgent attention”.

Chairman, NIMC branch of ASCSN, Mr Lucky Asekokhai, who spoke with NAN on the workers’ demands, regretted that NIMC management had yet to respond to the demands “in spite of the expiration of the ultimatum”.

He said,

“The workers are not happy. A decision will be taken by the union soon. Workers will not accept to continue working under deplorable conditions of service.

“We have been on this issue for a long time, but management has not been sincere with us. We issued an ultimatum that has elapsed. There is no reason for people that work in a critical agency that keeps data of the identities of Nigerians to work in a deplorable condition.

“We heard of a new salary structure and the management confirmed working on it, but we are yet to see the salary.

“Again, the 28-day relocation allowance given to people on transfer, or those that are newly employed, has yet to be paid since 2013.

“After the ultimatum, we were invited by the National Assembly, the SGF, Police, and Head of the Trade Dispute Department at the Ministry of Labour and Employment. We were told to give the government some time. We expected date but they did not give us.

“We have decided to give the government till December 31, 2019, for further discussion, but if nothing positive comes up, nobody should blame us for any action taken. We will not give any further notice before we shut down the commission.”

Mr Abdulhamid Umar, NIMC’s General Manager, Operations, while reacting to the threat said that all issues raised by workers were addressed before the ultimatum elapsed.

“There are issues raised, but 99 per cent of them were outside the purview of the commission’s management because they were directed at the government.

“But, because we were delegated by the government to manage the commission for the public, we cannot run away from the impact of the issues raised. They were germane and still germane, but no longer on the front burner.

“On the allowances, the government has directed us to collate them. If you go to the Accountant General’s Office, you will see our requisition there. Discussions took place at the highest level. Those matters have been tabled before government,” he said.

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Dolapo Badmus advises Nigerians on how to identify scammers

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CSP, Dolapo Opeyemi Badmus has revealed how people can identify a business that’s likely a scam. She warned people to avoid Ponzi schemes that promise huge returns on investment.

She added that banks and other financial institution won’t promise such a huge turnover on investment.

She wrote:

“Please what’s Binono Business! From all indications scammers capitalize on greed to get you off your hard earned sweat! Whoever is offering you 500k on investment of 100k is definitely a scammer! Even Banks and other financial institutions won’t give you such turnover …….I remember how one of my friends introduced Ponzi or whatever scheme to me then, she told me I will have X2 of any amount I invest….I told my friend that my grandmother had warned me early enough that “Ole lo n so ogun di ogoji”. (Only a thief thinks of free money doubling) you can only work hard to get your money doubled, not just giving to someone and expect it in double! Odikwa risky!!! Upon all my advice to her not to invest, she went ahead and committed all her life savings of almost 5M to the scheme! You want to know what happened!? Your guess is as good as mine…. till now she hasn’t recovered! It’s better I have my hard earned money with me than to commit it to a doomed adventure… Let’s all be careful of money doublers so we don’t fall victim! Scammers are real!!!!”

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Ex-Enugu SSG, Professor Ukpabi is dead

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The former Secretary to Enugu State Government (SSG) and one time Provost, Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Professor Samson Ukpabi is dead.

Professor Samson Ukpabi who is the traditional ruler of Okpanku community in Aninri Local Government Area of the state died on Sunday at the University Teaching Hospital, (UNTH), Enugu after a brief illness.

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According to sources very close to the family

“Chief Ukpabi spoke with his family members at about 6:15 am on Sunday before he left for the hospital where he passed on. He was also said to have attended the burial of his nephew on Saturday”.

Chief Ukpabi, a Professor of Military History who served as Secretary to the state government under the former Military Administration of Col. Mike Lucky Torrey had held many prominent positions in Nigeria.

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He was the first Provost of Anambra State University of Science and Technology. He was also the Provost, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu.

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Former LASIMRA boss, Odekunle dies of Covid-19

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A former General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency, Jide Odekunle, is dead.

It was learnt that Odekunle, who served under former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for four years and 11 months, died of COVID-19 complications.

He was said to have been treated at the Onikan Isolation Centre, where he died on Saturday.

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The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, confirmed this in a post on Facebook.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, also wrote,

“I have diminished once again as a mortal as my successor at LASIMRA, Jide Odekunle, dies of COVID-19 complications at the Onikan Isolation Centre in Lagos. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

Odekunle studied Computer Science at the University of Ibadan.

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Before his appointment at LASMIRA, he worked as Sales Director at Ceragon Networks and was also the Chief Marketing Officer at Nera Microwave.

He was also the General Manager, Sales, at Surburban Telecoms, and also General Manager at GS Telecom.

He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.

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