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Why we backed flush out of ‘illegally’ employed, promoted workers, by Imo NLC


The Imo State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday explained why it insisted that the state governor, Ihedioha, should institute an inquiry to unravel how the immediate past administration of Rochas Okorocha employed workers into the civil service system from 2017-2019 or thereabout.

It also faulted the promotions made by the Okorocha administration.

Chairman of the NLC in the state, Austin Chilapku, who spoke at the Imo-based privately-owned radio station, My Radio 101.1, said the workers employed by Okorocha did not follow due process as specified in the relevant sections of the civil service rules and regulations.


Chilapku accused the immediate past administration of not advertising the vacancies available in the media; not calling for applications; not short-listing for interviews and publishing of successful candidates, whereby employment letters were issued to over 5,000 persons without the laid-down rules of engagement.

According to him, Imo chapter of the NLC was not faulting the process to discredit the past administration, but was interested in ensuring that the right thing was done.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser (Media) to Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo, had accused Ihedioha of not concentrating on governance, but rather interested in discrediting the achievements of the senator representing Imo West when he governed Imo for eight years.

However, Ihedioha has said that his administration will effectively utilise the internally-generated revenues of the state for the benefit of the people.

The governor stated this when he met with the executive members and traders at the Imo International Modern Market, Naze, Owerri, popularly known as Alaba Market, yesterday.

He said that his government would change the narrative of the past government in the state and ensure accountability and transparency in the management of public funds.

Ihedioha also reiterated his administration’s commitment at ensuring welfare of traders in the state through the provision of basic infrastructure in the markets.

Chairman of Imo State Market Development, Henry Onwukwe and Chairman of the Electrical/Electronic section of the market, Chief Emeka Dike, who spoke on behalf of the entire traders, eulogised the governor for his immense concern to their welfare and assured him of their continued support adding that they are confident the governor will address the challenges of roads, electricity, security, among others in the market.

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