By Hussaini Hammangabdo, Yola
Some aggrieved civil servants in Adamawa State have accused the organized labour in the state for masterminding the deduction of N2000 from their May, 2017 salaries, to enrich themselves.
Some of the civil servants interviewed over the weekend urged the government to intervene in addressing the matter in view of dwindling economic recession.
One of the civil servants, who identified himself as Zagula, said “the N2000 deduction is too much without clear a explanation on the rationale behind the deduction.
“NLC in the state is not protecting the interests of civil servants like other states; instead they are bent on making money by all means from civil servants in the state.
“It doesn’t make sense deducting this whooping sum for rumored identity cards while the national identity card is issued free of charge by NIMC.
“The leadership of NLC in the state is swift to deduct our salaries from source simply to enrich themselves
When contacted, the state chairman of NLC, Comrade Dauda Maina, said that the deduction was for a modernized identity card and it’s supposed to be N1,500 and not N2,000
Dauda explained that the agreement reached with the consultant handling the ID card project was N1, 500, adding that communication gap between union representatives in the ministries with workers might have been the reason why some workers were not aware of the deduction.
“The amount we agreed with the consultant for the ID card is N1,500, so we are going to verify if anybody is deducted beyond that.
“Initially we had wanted to do a customized ID card that would have one’s bank account which can be used to withdraw money but we abandoned that idea because of the cost.
“We settled for the one of N1,500 that would at least contain vital information to help during staff validation.”