By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJA—THE Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has berated the management of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, over perceived interference in the organisation’s branch of the union.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, President of the Association, Bobboi Bala-Kaigama, and the Secretary General, Alade Lawal, insisted that the NHIS’ management had no right whatsoever under the law to decide for the union those to manage its affairs.
It said: “We demand that management stop, forthwith, from meddling in the affairs of the association so as not to trigger industrial crisis in the NHIS.
“The management has enough to do in NHIS if it is serious enough to accept that the job of Executive Secretary of NHIS is a serious one.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Unit Chairman of the ASCSN in the NHIS is Mr. Omomeji Abdul Razaq. There is no faction whatsoever in the Association and there is a ruling of the National Industrial Court, NIC, to that effect.”
It recalled that the Labour Ministry set up a committee to look into the complaint of the Union and that members of the committee were drawn from the Federal Ministry of Health, NHIS and those of the ASCSN to examine the issue of secondment and other labour-related matters carried out by the NHIS Executive Secretary and report back.