– 108 workers in the employ of the Imo state government are now jobless
– Before now, the workers were staff of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission
– Those affected were employed by the government of Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha
The Hope Uzodinma administration in Imo state has announced the sacking of 108 workers of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC).
The government claims those affected by the decision were illegally employed by the administration of a former governor of the state, now a senator, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
The decision of the government was announced in a statement seen by Legit.ng and issued by the management of ISOPADEC on Friday, February 19.
The statement explained that in sacking the affected workers, the commission relied on a report submitted by a committee instituted by the immediate past administration of ex-Governor Emeka Ihedioha and led by one Romanus Ezeogu.
Ihedioha had constituted the committee and mandated them to investigate the activities of the past activities of ISOPADEC.
Part of the statement read:
“The committee after their investigations recommended the withdrawal from services of the commission, all the one hundred and eight workers that were illegally employed by the Okorocha administration without due processes.
“The employments were not done in consonance with laws that established the commission.”
In a related development, the Imo government has sealed off an estate located in the state capital, Owerri, allegedly owned by Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha.
Nneoma is the wife of a former governor of the state and current senator representing Imo west senatorial district, Rochas Anayo Okorocha.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Imo state government noted that the directive was given by Governor Hope Uzodinma and executed by the state commissioner for lands survey and physical planning, Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu.
Meanwhile, Governor Uzodinma has declared that herders and farmers operate as a family in Imo state.
The Imo state governor made the declaration while speaking at a peace meeting he convened on Thursday, February 4 to address all stakeholders concerning the recent farmers/herders crisis in other parts of the country.
According to him, stakeholders in Imo have been meeting regularly since he took over the reins of power in the state as a measure to sustain the peace in his domain.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.