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IMO WORKERS DARE OKOROCHA

By NBF News
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The  organized  labour in Imo State has threatened to declare a trade dispute with the state government  should it carry out its commercialization policy, and mass transfer of civil servants to various communities. The state government had earlier declared to introduce commercialization policy state ministries and parastatals to generate their funds.

Addressing the civil servants yesterday, at the state secretariat along Owerri/Port Harcourt Road, the Chairman Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Coleman Opara said the commercialization policy of  the government was unacceptable to the labour and threatened industrial  dispute  this week.

'There is fire on the mountain. It is  improper and unconventional for any civil servant to lea information  to the state government that we are holding our meeting today.'

'We  are not going  to leave any stone unturned  to resist the government's commercialization policy and transfer  of civil servants to communities  where they will be paid by traditional rulers.

'We don't have effective and dynamic permanent secretaries and because of their jumbo salaries, they see themselves as politicians.'

Opara who warned that labour would deal with any permanent secretary in the state  that issued letter of transfer to communities  for the purpose  establishment of the fourth tier government.

'We say no to the commercialization policy. No to the transfer of  civil servants to various communities in the state.  The  policies  are unacceptable  to the labour.'

Opara accompanied by other labour leaders in the state including,  the state chairman of NLC, Dr.  Reginald Anyadike, NLC acting secretary Austin  Chilampu, Trade Union Congress chairman, Nze C.O  Aharanwa, observed that the labour had  extended  olive branch to the present  administration than previous governments in the state.

The  State Governor, Chief  Rochas Okorocha who stormed the venue  of the meeting  earlier  met a hostile civil servants that dished out some unprintable things on the commercialization  policy and mass transfer of workers to various  communities.

Okorocha ordered for the immediate transfer of all accountants in the state civil service, disclosing that the sum of N650 million  has been saved from the payment  of salaries to ghost workers.

He also disclosed that N1 billion  has been saved  from pension  funds  for illegal payment  pensioners, saying that N650 million recovered from the payment  of ghost workers would be used to build new judicial  headquarters.

He ordered  for the immediate  commencement of investigation  of frauds  by accountants saying  that any one found wanting  would  be arrested and prosecuted.

Okorocha who was  visibly angry said, 'any day I wake up and discovers  that there is love lost between the people  of the state and  myself, I will throw in the towel  immediately. Some  of you are  now politicians  holding   secret  meetings  against me.

He therefore assured them that no civil servant would be sacked as a result of the downsizing but threatened to sack any  civil  servant that if failed to be transferred to the communities.  He directed the state civil service commission  to embark on massive promotion of  civil servants.