An Awka-based law firm, Antonio Lex Firma has given a two-day leave for its staff to register and collect their PVCs or risk not receiving their salaries.
An internal memo signed by the Company Secretary, Nkechi Duru sighted by Saturday Vanguard gave the staff Thursday and Friday as work-free days.
“I am directed by the Principal Partner of Antonio Lex Firma, Barr. A.K Agbasiere (KSJI) to inform all the staff of the firm and his domestic staff that 9th and 10th of June, 2022 will be work free day.
“This is to enable all the staff to go and register and get their PVC. Consequently, anyone without PVC will henceforth not receive salary”, the law firm stated.
Defending his action, the managing partner of Antonio Lex Firma, Kelechi Agbasiere said his action was not a violation of his employees’ rights because it is his firm and he has the powers to set the rules as long as there is fairness.
“I have the right to hire and fire because it is my law firm,” Mr Agbasiere said on Friday morning.
He added, “You are obligated to perform the civic duty, otherwise you show yourself as unpatriotic and irresponsible and it can be a ground for administrative punishment.”
Noting that he announced the policy ahead and gave employees time off to comply, Mr Agbasiere said he would be bearing the cost of their compliance since he would not make deductions from their salaries for the two days the employees would be away from work.
Meanwhile, the law firm’s no-PVC-no salary policy has sparked debates, drawing knocks and kudos from different quarters.
In a similar development, the Alaba international Market in Lagos was shut down on Thursday for traders to obtain their PVCs ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Celebrated Nigerian artiste, Folarin Falana aka Falz the bahd guy will perform at a free concert for citizens who have their PVCs or Temporary Voter Cards on June 11.
“Let it be said someday that in my quest for a good and better country with good and great leaders that will better the lives of everyone especially that of my children and unborn kids, that I have done my part. If by the mercy and grace of God, I am alive during the general election next year, I will still complete that civic duty of voting the best candidate even if the best fails.”
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