NLC Can’t Dictate To Governor Okorocha On How To Run The State


Government Of Imo State

Press Release


.Takes Exception To The Lies Of NLC National Scribe


The attention of the Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been drawn to the media report credited to the National General-Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson in which case he accused the governor of using the police to “chase away, arrest brutalize and teargass workers “of the concessioned parastatals in the state, who were resisting the concession bid.


The NLC National Secretary also threatened in the referenced media reports that the organized Labour would resist the Imo State Government’s Concession of the parastatals in question.


In reacting to Dr. Ozo-Eson’s media claims, it is important to, first and foremost, correct an impression over the action of the State Government on the parastatals. The truth is that Governor Okorocha or the Rescue Mission Government in the State has not concessioned any parastatal in the State. What the government had done was to concession the managements of the parastatals to make them productive. Concessioning the parastatals and concessioning the managements of the parastatals are not the same.


Again, no ugly development has ever taken place since the issue of concessioning the managements of the parastatals came on board, including resistance by the workers in the establishments, to warrant the involvement of the police in any way and for any reason. So, accusing the Governor of using the police to chase the workers away, arrest, brutalize and teargass them was totally false. And we took exception to that lie.


We would also want to challenge the NLC National Secretary to prove his allegation, otherwise we would take it as cheap blackmail.


The state government’s resolve to concession the managements of these parastatals was only borne out of the desire to make them productive. These parastatals are as old as the state, but they had failed or refused to do the job for which they were set up, in the first place.


No patriotic Nigerian or people-oriented organization would support a situation whereby an establishment would be receiving the approved subventions from the State Government, but for long, would have nothing to display either to justify its existence or justify the financial investment in them, especially when these parastatals are not charitable organizations or NGOs.


The most unfortunate aspect of the whole story is that even those that were set up to generate revenue for the government had failed to do that and they became parasites on the finances of the State Government with nothing to show for all these. And no responsible or responsive government or governor would see all these and fail to take action.


Even before concessioning these parastatals, the government had met severally with the leaders of the organized Labour in the state, and in each meeting, the governor himself had taken time to explain why the concession of the managements of these parastatals should be the most acceptable action to take this time, since, even in the private sector, nobody would like to continue making an investment without anything to show for it at the end of the day.


On the fate of the workers in the affected parastatals, the governor agreed to pay them all their outstanding salaries and also offered them the options of either being posted out to other governments ministries and agencies or being paid off since the parastatals need fresh ideas and fresh personnel to re-position them and make them functional to achieve the goals behind their establishment abinitio.


However, on the threat of the National Secretary of the NLC, we just want to remind him that Labour unions all over the world are always progressive and not retrogressive. And also let him know, with due respect, that NLC cannot dictate to the governor of the state or the state government on how to run the affairs of the state.



Sam Onwuemeodo

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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