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Nigerian law firm threatens to withhold salaries of staffs who don’t have PVCs

A Nigerian law firm in Anambra state has threatened to withhold salaries of employees without without a Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

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This was conveyed in an internal memo dated June 8. The firm declared June 9 and 10 work free day to enable their staff get their PVCs ahead of the general elections in 2023.

A lawyer with handle @itzmunachi took to Twitter to share a copy of the internal memo released to this effect.

According to the memo, anyone who doesn’t have a PVC will not be paid salary from henceforth.

Read the memo below,

This has sparked tons of reactions from netizens who opined that it’s not a good move because they are literally threatening their employees.

@okike_ wrote,

“Law firm but you’re trampling on people’s fundamental human right? I think a better way would have been to incentivize it for them. Give everyone who presents their PVC with as little as 1,000 and watch magic happen”

@tireni_codeguru wrote,

“God will provide better job for anyone that works in this kind of organization.”

@meenah_j wrote,

“Yh this isn’t the way. Withholding people’s salary is not just extreme buh callous.”

@ogar_godwin wrote,

“Extremism at play.

This can easily result to law suit. You can’t force someone to vote. I highly doubt PVC registration was a term in the contract of employment.

The principal, being a lawyer should know better.”

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