Abuja - Junior staff of the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) on Tuesday in Abuja besieged the National Assembly protesting the sack of 4,029 staff of the commission.
The protesters told the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Labour, Sen. Wilson Ake, and that of National Identity Management, Sen. Maina Lawan, that the Director- General, Mr Chris Onyemanam said he had the backing of the presidency.
Spokesperson of the protesting staff, Mrs Abidoye Charity told the lawmakers that they were formally employed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs before their deployment to the Department of Civic Registration (DCR).
According to her, when in 2007 DCR was taken over, the commission under Onyemanam promised to absorb them.
She noted that they had been stagnant for nine years without promotion before they were issued sack letters by the director general, saying they were redundant.
``The DG gave us redundancy letter, saying we were redundant and that the commission does not need our services again.
`` He also said we didn’t have certificates, even when he didn’t give us a chance to go back to school. We are here, because we were dismissed unjustly.
``He is saying that he has the backing of the Senate and even the President; he said they gave him authority; he even bought over all the unions that could have fought for us.’’
Addressing the protesters, Sen. Lawan assured them that the Senate would investigate the matter.
``We have received your formal petition, you have come to follow up and strengthen your petition. The Senate President directed that we should assure you that the Senate will look into your grievances.
``The Senate will never be on the side of injustice, therefore, be assured that your petition is going to be looked into meticulously.
`` We are not saying Federal Government and other organisations should not reorganise or streamline, but things should be done justly and fairly. ’’