By Okey Ndiribe & Emman Ovuakporie
…as Senate wades in
ABUJA-SACKED staff of the National Identity Card Management Commission, NIMC Tuesday barricaded the National Assembly Complex demanding that House of Representatives should give them justice based on their petition before the Lower House.
This would make it the third time in the last three months that the aggrieved NIMC staff had mounted a barricade at the main entry point of the Complex.
The other two occasions, were a mild blockade compared to Tuesday as staff and politicians were not allowed to gain entry into NASS.
The protesters numbering about 200 who stormed the NASS Complex at about 8am displaying placards blocked the first entry point of the Complex making it impossible for both human and vehicular traffic to gain entry into the premises.
Speaking during the peaceful protest, the leader of the sacked workers explained that “we are aggrieved because in the last one month and
five days, we submitted a petition to the House committee on Public Petitions and till date nothing has been done on it.
“We had to barricade this place because we got a letter from the office of the SGF disengaging us and we confirmed that the letter emanated from there. All we want is justice for those who were wrongfully terminated and those of us who had worked for over 34 years and were not duly compensated. ”
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, attached to the Complex, CSP M. Shehu, alongside, Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi, the Minority Leader, George Akume and Abu Ibrahim took turns to address the protesters.
They appealed to them to maintain peace and order assuring them that justice must be done.
Ningi who represented the Senate President, David Mark said: “the management of your organisation will appear before me in my office and this issue will be amicably resolved. This is the first time this matter was brought to my notice and I will ensure that the right thing is done.”
It would be recalled that the management of NIMC recently laid off over 4000 workers over their inability to meet up with a 6 year period of grace to acquire university education. This development had led to series of protests against the management of the commission.