Labour unions in Imo State, namely the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have made good their threat to shut down the state, if the governor, Rochas Okorocha does not recall the about 3, 000 workers sacked from the state’s civil service.
Most government offices, ministries, agencies and parastatals were today under lock and key, as workers in the state dressed up in black carrying placards denouncing the Okorocha-led administration in the state.
In a dramatic response, a group has also taken to the streets, chanting songs in praise of Governor Okorocha.
Labour had given the governor a 14-day ultimatum, after which it had threatened a showdown if he did not recall the sacked workers.
Labour in a pamphlet distributed to residents in the state, and sighted by Ripples Nigeria, accused Okorocha of acting like an imperial majesty, instead of an elected servant of the Imo people, by sacking workers, and closing down government agencies and parastatals through radio announcements.
Labour also announced that just after a meeting with Okorocha earlier in the year, in which he promised not to act outside the law where workers are involved, he went on air to suspend workers across 19 parastatals.
According to them, the announcement was followed by the deployment of armed security men and thugs to chase out workers from their offices.
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