FCT halts NSITF exams as workers report COVID-19 violation


Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


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The Federal Capital Territory Taskforce on Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols on Wednesday disrupted the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund  promotion examination.

The task force, led by the head of media and enlightenment, Ikharo Attah, visited the exam venue as the NSITF staff fled the hall to avoid arrest.

Those in charge of the examination were said to have absconded, leaving their cars behind, one of which was towed away by the task force.

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Attah said they received calls from some staff members that they were not comfortable with the arrangements made by the management team.

He added that the exam was stopped because the NSITF did not obtain a permit to hold the exercise and the agency also failed to control the over 1,200 participants.

Attah said,  “The Chairman of the taskforce, CP Bala Ciroma, received complaints about the poor crowd control and the overcrowding at the exam centre. When we got here, they (exam organisers) claimed they had permission to conduct the exams but they couldn’t show us any document and there was overcrowding.

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“We asked the most senior officer to come with us and explain the reasons for the violations but the labour unions said we can’t go with the senior officer who had agreed to come with us. We were shocked when the man scaled the fence and ran away, so we had to tow one of the vehicles.”

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