A massive downsizing has been recorded in Imo state as Governor Rochas Okorocha has summarily sacked over 3,000 workers in 19 parastatals, agencies and departments as he stopped their salaries with effect from January 4, 2016 Vanguard reports.
A Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, source told Vanguard that over 3,000 workers were affected in the sack, gathering that “the current action of the governor, which not only came on the heels of last Wednesday’s labour protest in Owerri, headed by the National President of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, is also closely linked with the recent obnoxious form which the administration forced Imo workers to sign before collecting their unpaid salaries.”
Confirming the report, Sir Jude Ejiogu, the secretary to the Government of Imo state, listed those affected in the sack-web which includes: Imo Water Corporation, Imo Cattle Market, Imo Sports Council, Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Imo Marketing Company, Imo Consumer Protection Council, Hospital Management Board, and its headquarters staff.
Also, Imo Tourism Board, Imo Blue Lake of Treasure, Imo State Investment Promotion Agency, Imo Job Centre, Imo Water Development Agency, IWADA, Imo Library Board, Imo Agricultural Loans Board, Imo Livestock, Imo Poverty Alleviation Agency, Imo Palm Plantation, Agricultural Development Programme, ADP and Small Holders Unit are affected in the downsizing.
Explaining that the action followed what government called “a productivity audit recently conducted in the parastatals, agencies and departments.”
“Government is satisfied that it is no longer in public interest to keep running these agencies, parastatals and departments with huge cost on public revenue and no services to the public, under the present economic realities.
“Government promised that the affected workers would be communicated to in due course, about the administration’s next line of action regarding possible re-engagement, after the on-going concessioning exercise affecting the agencies, departments and parastatals.
“Government promised that the affected workers would be communicated to in due course, about the administration’s next line of action regarding possible re-engagement, after the on-going concessioning exercise affecting the agencies, departments and parastatals. The affected staff are expected to handover all government property in their possession to their chief executives within 48 hours,” Ejiogu added.
Other government agencies who narrowly escaped Okorocha’s action are the Secondary Education Management Board, State Universal Education Board, General Hospital Okigwe, General Hospital, Aboh Mbaise, Imo Essential Drugs, Special Education Center Orlu and School of the Deaf and Dumb, Orodo.
Others are Zoological Garden, Owerri, Logara Mbaise Remand Home, Government House Clinic, Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, Project Finance Management Unit, Financo Brokers, Heartland Football Club and Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies, ICAPS, Owerri.
Bringing back to mind that, Gov.Okorocha had in June 2011 sacked 10,000 workers recruited by the administration of former Governor Ikedi Ohakim.