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Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

AICL crisis: Senior workers seek intervention by NASS, anti-graft agencies

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NASSBy Stanley Onyekwere

Barley a week after a showdown between the Interim Management Team (IMT) and workers of Abuja Investment Company Limited (AICL), some top staff of the company have threatened to drag both the management team and newly reconstituted board members before the National Assembly and some anti-corruption agencies, to right the alleged wrongs in the company.
Specifically, the aggrieved staff said that they will no longer fold their arms and watch the execution of what they described as “conspiracy theory” of the Interim Management Team to rubbish some top management staff with the sole aim of perpetuate themselves in office, adding it has gone beyond its mandate.
It could be recalled that the FCT Administration had in a letter dated August 29, 2017, and signed by the Director of Human Resource Management, Mrs. Amina Abubakar, stated that “the assignment of IMT is ad-hoc in nature meant to serve as a stop gap arrangement in view of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) investigation of the management team of the company and absence of a Board of Directors.
“The assignment was not meant to be permanent and indeed the Interim Management Team is not a replacement of the management of the company and certainly there was not an intention for the Interim Management Team to earn remuneration equivalent to what is being earned by the management of AICL or its staff.”
However, the aggrieved senior staff in a petition sent to National Assembly and some anti-corruption agencies and obtained by our correspondent alleged that the Head of the Interim Management Team, Dr. Isyaku Bashir, has recommended the immediate sack of all management staff including those recalled and those still on compulsory leave.
The petition further alleged that the IMT head has also recommended the sack of the Chief Executives of the subsidiaries, just as he promised some board members the juicy position of Executive Directors of Abuja Investment Company Limited if the plan is successfully executed.
“He has set up a Strategic Committee to ensure that the Interim Management Team are brought as confirmed management. It is instructive to note that the Board has given anticipatory approval,” the petition alleged.
The petition revealed that the head of the IMT has resorted to intimidation to execute his game plan, stressing that he (Bashir) has called the police to arrest one of the board members he perceive is not cooperating with him because he stood against his plans.
Our correspondent gathered that security agents including armed policemen have taken over the premises of the company to avert breakdown of law and order.

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