Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, bowed to the superior force of labour and recalled the over 3,000 workers he summarily sacked mid January, 2016. Organized labour had made good its threat to shut down Imo State over the sack of 3,000 workers and months of unpaid salary arrears among others, with the commencement of a three-day warning strike.
Addressing workers at the State Secretariat of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, before leading a peaceful procession into the heart of the town, the factional President of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, explained that all the labour leaders in the country emptied into Imo State, to enforce the shut down of the state government activities.
But rattled by the unfolding scenario, Gov. Okorocha swallowed his pride and recalled the sacked workers. Announcing the news yesterday, when he addressed workers that peacefully processed to Government House, Owerri, the factional President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the governor has recalled the embattled workers unconditionally.
“The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has accepted to recall the over 3,000 innocent workers he summarily terminated their appointments without following due process,” Comrade Wabba said.
He also announced that since the governor has recalled the sacked workers the warning strike, which ought to have lasted till Friday, was called off and urged all workers,to resume work tomorrow (today). Speaking also, the Imo State NLC Chairman, Comrade Austin Chilkpu, said:
“Since the Imo State Government has bowed to the demand of the organized Labour, the issue of concession would also be jettisoned, as this would ensure that the workers were not unnecessarily victimized by anybody or organ of government.
“Labour is reminding the governor that other issues affecting the workers were not only on the table for discussion, but would be pursued diligently in the days ahead. Similarly, I would like to assure the workers that their rights would always be protected by the organized labour.”