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Uneasy calm as embattled NPC boss resumes


Uneasy calm has enveloped the headquarters of the National Population Commission (NPC).

This followed the resumption of the Director General, Dr. Ghanji Ismail Bello, whose tenure was recently renewed by the Federal Government.

The National Civil Service Union (NCSU) had declared an industrial dispute in protest against his re-appointment on January 7, 2018.

The workers had vowed not to allow the DG’s tenure to be renewed, alleging corruption and other offences against him.

The Guardian learnt that Bello resumed last week, as early as 6:00a.m and was accompanied by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The members of the NCSU were however, not present at the commission’s headquarters when the DG resumed.

They were said to have travelled outside Abuja to write their promotional examination across the country.

Some members of the union, who witnessed the DG’s return, were alleged to have complained to the NPC Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma, who promised to address the situation.

The Guardian learnt that Duruiheoma called a management and workers meeting last week, where the issue of Bello’s return was discussed.

But, the DG was absent at the meeting, as he was said to be indisposed.

It was further learnt that officials of NCSU, as well as the management of the NPC, had held a congress meeting on the issue.

Those who attended the congress were members of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services (AUPCTRE).

Others are the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN), the Nigeria Union of Public Service Reportorial and the Secretarial Data Processing and Allied Workers (NUPSRAW).

The unions jointly maintained that the DG would not be allowed to serve the second term, after his first term had expired on January 7, 2018.

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