Crisis rocks RMAFC; workers lock out Commissioners

Posted by News Express | 19 February 2020 | 1,031 times

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•RMAFC Chairman, Engr. Elias Mbam

Crisis is currently rocking the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). Angry workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) on Tuesday locked out Commissioners and preventing them from entering their offices.

It was gathered that trouble started when the two labour unions rejected the draft Standing Order Procedure of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, 5th Edition, 2020.

The unions had in a communiqué issued at the end of a Joint Session held at the auditorium of the Commission, Abuja, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 given the Commissioners two weeks ultimatum to vacate the office spaces allocated to them.

The communiqué signed by Josiah Amanabo, Chairman, NCSU, and Martins Adeoye, Chairman, ASCSN, noted: “Although the Law establishing the Commission is silent on the status of Members of the Commission, a Presidential directive was given to the effect that Members should operate on a part-time basis.

“That by virtue of being part-time: Members are not supposed to be allocated office space to the detriment of the staff; paid monthly salary but rather sitting allowance.

“Consequently, the office to be vacated by Members should be allocated to staff immediately.

“That the Business and Rule Committee should withdraw the proposed Standing Order regulating the administrative affairs of the Commission on or before Thursday, 6th February, 2020; hence seven days ultimatum will be issued by the Union for failure to comply.

“The Joint Session unanimously rejected the proposed Standing Order regulating the affairs of the Commission presented by the Rule and Business Committee. The Session respectfully urges the Chairman to as a matter of urgency consider and implement the position of the Joint Session.”

The Joint Union 13th, February, 2020, gave a 48 hours final ultimatum which elapsed at mid-night on Monday, February 17, warning that if their demands were not met, the entrance gate of the Commission’s office would be under lock and key as from Tuesday, February 18. It asked RMAFC staff to come with their staff Identification Cards.




Source: News Express

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