NMEC workers begin three day strike

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja

Members of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria , and Staff of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and non-formal Education protesting at the Commission's Headquarters in Abuja.

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria , National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and non-formal Education , has commenced three days warning strike over  some  demands which includes, their  migration to the  Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IIPIS.

The association alleged that the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Abba Haladu has refused to implement the directive of  President Muhammadu Buhari to all Ministries , Departments and Agencies to migrate to the integrated Payroll and Personnel Information system for efficient payroll administration .

The Chairman of the Association, Ismail Toyin Oniyangi said the IPPIS migration challenge facing the workers had been resolved by the immediate past Minister of  Education, Adamu Adamu and also reached agreement with the Ministry of Labour and Employment but yet to be implemented .

“All procedures have been duly followed as regards the trade union actions that we carried presently, the union wrote to the Executive Secretary severally there was no response, a trade dispute was declared and we dragged ourselves to the former Minister of Labour and Employment, the minister ruled that workers of NMEC should be migrated as stated in President Buhari’s directive on IPPIS also that promotion should be carried which was last done in 2015, the minister also said training should be conducted for  staff”

“an appraisal was expected to be carried out by NMEC management to be able to migrate us to IPPIS as well as promotion , the appraisal exercise was supposed to be done in one month rather NMEC workers have been on appraisal issue since 2years now and  we are still counting”the ASCSN NMEC added.

Oniyangi stressed that the industrial action was in response to unwarrtanted harassment and victimization of its members of staff and the trade union representatives .

Among other demands of the association is that the commission be migrated to IPPIS Platform, that the deserving staff of the commission be promoted inline with both Public service rules and ministerial directive.

The Association also demands that appointments of eligible officers of the commission  employed in 2015 be confirmed .

Meanwhile, Voice of Nigeria Correspondent made a telephone call to the Executive secretary of NMEC , Prof  Haladu Abba , to report  his  side of the story , he declined phone calls. Our correspondent also sent Short message service on his phone to make further clarification on the issue , he didn’t respond.