Seven months after staff of the National Identity Management Commission protested over poor funding, the federal government approved a new salary structure for the commission.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
President Muhammadu Buhari had transferred the commission to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in October 2020.
On January 7, the staff of NIMC embarked on a strike over poor staff welfare and their exposure to COVID-19 during the NIN enrollment.
The minister said the new condition of service and salary scale raised the total NIMC personnel cost by 200%.
While he advised the board and management of the commission to ensure the funds are judiciously used for the purposes intended, he enjoined members of staff to justify the gesture of the federal government.
The acting chairman of NIMC’s governing board, Bello Gwandu, said there had been unsuccessful attempts since 2010 to attain better welfare for the NIMC workforce.
“Since 2010 we have been galvanizing efforts to ensure a positive change in the fortunes of NIMC’s workforce, but each time we take one successful step forward, there appears to be multiple gridlocks impeding our pace,” he said.