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‘100m Nigerians lack proper identification’
Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

AS the security challenge facing the country mounts, more than 100 million Nigerians do not have proper identification, according to the National Identify Management Commission (NIMC). Also, more than N940 million had being paid as severance benefits to former workers of the agency.          Its Director General Chris Onyemenam said yesterday in Abuja that “more than 75 per cent of the 150 million Nigerian Population have fake identification or are not properly captured.” This, he noted, has not helped in addressing the many complicated issues of security, immigration and many such related issues.         Onyemenam said: “Disengagement cost of N940.0million” was paid to more than 4000 redundant workers who were ‘sacked’ from the Commission.” The affected workers protested at the main entrance of the NIMC headquarters in Abuja, but NIMC’s Head Human Capital, Mrs. Winfred Ojieh, said: “Disengagement is not termination nor dismissal, as the such a worker have a chance to return. Because it is a process in a reform exercise, it is when you commit an offence that you will be dismissed”. The NIMC said most of the affected workers lacked the requisite educational qualification to be employed or were redundant or absentee. “Following successful consultation with the Unions, management formally declared a redundancy and subsequently followed laid down procedure in conducting the redundancy exercise including the negotiation sessions with representatives of all Unions inherited from the defunct Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR)” he said.

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