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CAC workers’ strike: How FG is derailing EOs by not constituting boards of agencies

Investigation by Business Hilights on the ongoing strike action by workers union of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have revealed that the non-constitution of the board of the agency caused the industrial action which is now having a negative huge impact on the inflow of revenue to the government.

The workers began indefinite strike action this week over the inability of the Registrar-General of the Commission, Bello Mahmud to approve their demands which must pass through the board before approval in the first instance.

Further investigation showed that the strike has resulted in a total shutdown of the headquarters of the commission, thus derailing the objective of the Federal Government in the area of ease-of-doing doing business.

In an interview, Mahmud said he had no powers to unilaterally approve the demand of the workers as the responsibility to take such decision lies on the board.

One of the striking workers who spoke to our correspondent on grounds of anonymity said the strike is not unconnected with non approval of their request for resolution of the high salary gap between the executive staff and non-executive staff.

The problem dated back to a proposed pay rise in 2010 of 15 per cent and 35 per cent for executive and non-executive staff respectively which the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission altered to a flat rate of 26 per cent for all.

Our correspondent leant that the striking workers are bent on getting the approval they are looking for before they can resume work.

As it is, the strike may continue next week as there is no clear indication that the federal government has started ,making any plan to announce new board members of the CAC.