Workers and traders in Enugu State have dismissed the allegation that they were being forced to submit their permanent voters cards (PVCs) for the purpose of collecting their salaries or for some other purpose.
The chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Enugu State, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe said the claims do not hold water.
He said, “Not to the best of my knowledge, there is no medium through which that has happened, to my knowledge. No worker has reported such to me, that he is being forced to release any details, and I have not had any meeting or conveyance of any such meeting.
“As far as I am concern, there is no circular to that effect directing or instructing workers to do such. I am not aware and I can tell you no single worker has brought such complain to me as their leader.”
Describing it further as “laughable,” he said, “No government takes such decision, it will communicate it through a circular and it will come from the office of the Head of Service and as far as I am concern, we have not seen a copy of such circular.
“The issue of forcing workers to submit details of PVC for salary, no government can do that as far as Enugu State is concerned. We will have been the first to come out publicly and challenge it. Workers’ PVCs are personal to them. So, there is nothing like that as far as the workers of Enugu State are concerned. Anybody making such claims should come and prove it.”
Similarly, the president-general of the Enugu State Amalgamated Traders’ Association, Mr. Temple Udeh described the allegation as unfounded.
He said, “We were shocked to hear that our members are being forced to surrender their PVCs’ details. We want to say that it is a lie from the pit of hell. There is no iota of truth in it. They don’t know what they are saying; they should not subject traders to their politics of lies.
“Even the traders’ grant courtesy of the Enugu State government, which has positively affected the lives of traders in the state, there is no condition attached. We have about 100 beneficiaries every month and it has been on for the past three years, and nobody has been asked to even show evidence of having a PVC.”
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