By Babajide Okeowo
Nigerians who are yet to enroll for their National Identification Number, NIN can now heave a sigh of relief as staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency in charge of the NIN have suspended the industrial action which they embarked on, on Thursday over poor allowances and the fear of exposure to COVID-19.
The decision to suspend the industrial action was reached after a meeting with the Federal Government, where it was agreed that the demands of the employees would be addressed.
The President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC unit, Asekokhai Lucky, confirmed the suspension of the industrial action saying workers of the commission across the country will be contacted to resume work by Monday and proceed with the enrolment of Nigerians for their National Identity Numbers.
Many Nigerians have been storming the various NIMC offices across the state as a result of the deadline issued by the Federal Government to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number (NIN).
The government has, however, extended the deadline for another six weeks from December 30 2020 to February 9, 2021.
Recall that staff of the Commission had embarked on an indefinite strike and had threatened not to return to work until their demands are met.