The House of Representatives has summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) over the disengagement of 41 staff of defunct Afribank (now Mainstreet bank).
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Compliance, Hon. Marouf Akinderu-Fatai said the invitation is aimed finding ways of resolving the dispute over the 1999 sack of union officials of the bank.
The House had earlier recommended the re-restatement of the sack staff after deliberating on the report of its committee on labour, Employment and Productivity, but the management of Mainstreet Bank said that they lacked the power to re-absorb the workers.
Mr. Ano Anyanwu, Executive Director, Operations and Information Technology, told the committee that except there were approval from the NDIC and AMCON, the bank management could not act on the matter.
Also speaking, Comrade Kelvin Umeh, who was the union leader of Afribank at the time of the sack, said the long delay had resulted in the death of four members.
He said: “It’s unfortunate that the management of Mainstreet Bank is trying to introduce civil service procedure into this matter. Justice delayed is justice denied. We’ve lost four members because of this issue. In one of the incidents a member and his wife perished. The antics of capitalists is to frustrate issues like this. The National Assembly has given an order and someone is still prevaricating.”
Following this, the committee decided that it was expedient to invite the CBN, AMCON and the NDIC, so as to resolve the matter once and for all.