By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The face-off between the Management and the Staff Union of the Corporate Affairs Commission appears to be far from being over as the union insist that the strike must continue to curtail abuse of government extant policy, corruption and insensitivity to welfare of staff by its management.
The workers union, the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Service Employees had on Monday embarked on strike action which led to a total shutdown of business activities at the Commission’s headquarters.
Addressing journalists on Friday, in Abuja, the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Ibrahim Kirfi, said that the essence of the news conference was to enable the general public to know the reason for the union’s agitation.
Com. Kirfi, said that the strike is on huge salary disparity between executive and non-executive staff, disregard of government circular on fringe benefits and allowances and corruption in the Commission.
“The Commission’s management team has jettisoned procurement Act in the award of contracts, few among the the fraudulent contracts awarded by the Management includes award of an unending car park project. The initial contact sum was N250,000,000 to completion. However, this contract has been reviewed to almost N1billon as at 2017.
“Huge salary disparity between Executive and non-executive staff. The union has signed three different agreements which the Management has deliberately and selfishly refused to implement.
“Yearly expenditure of almost N2billion ICT infrastructure without commensurate service delivery,” Kirfi said.
Com. Ibrahim Kirfi, said all the subsisting agreements between the union and the management should be implemented immediately as a condition for calling off the strike, even as he called for the sacking of the entire management of the commission.
“We are demanding the sacking of the entire management of the commission for sanity and industrial peace.
“An interim management should be set up by the Federal Government to re-organize the commission’s operation in order to promote ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“We hereby call on the Acting President to save the nation by taking a decisive action on this lingering crisis to avert the commission’s eminent collapse and save business in Nigeria,” Kirfi, future said.
Reacting to the allegations, The CAC spokesperson, Godfrey Ike, said that the allegations stated by the union at the conference on corrupt practices were false.
“The CAC has met the demand as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, has approved the payment for the implementation of the MOU signed by all the parties.
“Instead of opening the gate of the office to allow staff to continue with work,they have blocked the gate and came up with another demand that management should be sacked,” Ike said.
According to him, it is pertinent to state all procurement issues in the Commission followed due process, adding that it could be verified.