The President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC unit, Asekokhai Lucky, said that three officials at NIMC headquarters contracted COVID-19 but the Federal Government hid the information from other workers.
He disclosed this after NIMC workers across the nation proceeded on strike Thursday.
The strike action grounded NIN registration exercise across the nation, with many Nigerians calling for a resolution so that the exercise could proceed.
According to Lucky, NIMC workers became annoyed after they learnt that the commission’s management was aware of the COVID-19 scare but did not deem it fit to inform workers.
He added that the workers would meet the government on Friday to discuss the conditions that led to the strike, including poor pay and the COVID-19 scare.
“Three workers of the NIMC have contracted COVID-19 because in our recent meeting a member of staff actually testified to it.
“The minute of that meeting captured it, as three persons are down with COVID-19. Some of us actually thought those guys were on leave. It was cleared yesterday (Wednesday) that they were treating themselves in isolation centres,” Lucky told The Punch.
He added, “Our annoyance is that the management refused to say it out, knowing that it would have helped us to take all necessary precautions. Nobody is talking to anybody.
“That is our annoyance. Yes, our pay is poor, but there are ways we can manage ourselves. The three staff members are in the headquarters here in Abuja. One has been treated, but has not gone back for clearance.”