Trouble is gradually brewing between staff and the interim management
team of the Abuja Investment Company Limited (AICL), over alleged move
by the management to sack over 80 per cent of its workforce, on the
ground of ‘incompetence’.
Recall that in August 2017, the interim management team of the company
was involved in a controversy on an allegation that about N5 million
was being paid to the interim head, as monthly salary, without an
approval from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
This development prompted the minister of the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to revert the salary of
the interim head to N500, 000.00 per month, with a strong directive to
refund the arrears of salary already collected.
However, last week, the interim management team and staff of AICL were
at each other’s throat as activities were paralysed in the company
over series of allegations bordering on industrial harmony.
Some aggrieved staff alleged that the head of the interim management,
Dr. Isyaku Bashir has written a memo to the newly constituted board of
AICL to sack 80 per cent of its personnel on ground of ‘incompetence’,
a development they vowed to resist.
One of the aggrieved staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
described the development as “frivolous and unacceptable”, stressing
that since the revelation of the interim management team’s bogus
salary to the media and some anti corruption agencies, there have not
been any industrial harmony between staff and the interim management
team of AICL.
“I want to state it very clear that the head of the interim
management team has not been comfortable with the presence of most
workers, since August last year when their dubious salary scale was
made public. The man is not comfortable with us, because he felt that
the present crop of staff will not allow him to carry on with his
illegalities on the guise of fighting corruption.
To achieve his aim, he wrote to the newly constituted management
board, seeking the approval to sack 80 per cent of the present staff
on the ground of incompetence. These are staff that have spent over 10
to 15 years in AICL.” He, however, called for the intervention of the
minister to end the crisis.
However all efforts made by our correspondent to reach the head of the
interim management team, Dr. Isyaku Bashir, for his reaction proved
unsuccessful, as calls put across to his phone were not answered.
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