The industrial crisis at the Corporate Affairs Commission may not be over soon as the workers union has vowed to continue their industrial action until all their demands are met.
The workers under the auspices of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Service Employees had on Monday commenced a strike action which led to a total shutdown of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Addressing journalists on Friday, in Abuja, the Chairman of the Union, Ibrahim Kirfi, said the union has lost confidence in the management of the commission and as such urged the Federal Government to intervene.
He said, “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 Avery the commission’s imminent collapse and to save business in Nigeria.”
But reacting to the allegations of the union, the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Godfrey Ike, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the management of the commission has met all the demand of the workers.
He said,”The CAC has met the demand as the Hon Minister of Industry has approved the payment for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding 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 come up with another demand that management should be sacked.
“It’s pertinent to state all procurement issues in the Commission follow due process and this can be verified.
The union accused the management of corruption, inflation of contracts in state offices, tax evasion through alleged fraudulent training of members of staff and use of government funds for personal transactions.