The management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has sacked no fewer than 83 workers of the company in Asaba, Delta state.
The affected workers, whose salary grade ranged from levels three to six, got their sack letters on Thursday.
The development threw the entire staff of the agency into mourning as some cried while others wore long faces.
Some of the workers said that the letters came as a surprise to them, claiming that they thought that the issue would remain a proposal or rumour.
“We heard that they were planning to retrench some of us but we thought it was still being proposed. Besides, we are aware that our colleagues at the headquarters in Abuja, had put up a protest against the proposal and were working hard to stop it,” one of the sacked workers who pleaded anonymity, said.
He described the sacking of workers by the company’s management as “callous”, saying that it was carried out at a time when families were preparing to pay school fees for their children.
The sack letters were sent from Abuja to Asaba on Tuesday, and the distribution of the letters was delayed till Thursday, “because it was a difficult thing to do”.
Earlier this week, NIMC announced its intention to disengage more than 4,000 workers nationwide, citing “redundancy” as the reason for the downsizing exercise.