The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has promised to thrash out contentious issues between the government and Imo workers and appealed for patience on the part of the workers.
In his May Day address read by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the governor urged the workers to assist government deliver the dividends of democracy to Imo people, especially those at the grassroot.
In their address the organized labour including Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC) dwelt on the theme of this year’s May Day;” the right to work, food and education; panacea to insecurity”
In the address read by the chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress,ImoState, Comrade Chief R.A. Anyadike, Imo workers noted that Nigerians still suffer from low pay, job losses, starvation, galloping inflation and pervasive insecurity.
Labour maintained that the solution to the problem of insecurity is good governance, employment, job security, provision of food and infrastructure stressing that it is the right of every Nigerian to work, food and education.
The address described the fourth tier government as an experiment aimed at rubbishing the image of the public servants ranging from “the imposition of a curious uniform that has no allowance to the re-deployment programme that will send public servants to villages to serve under the native councils…”.
The workers accused politicians of holding the belief that the public service is docile although, in their view, it is a display of ungodliness for any leader to want to wish away the pubic service because “without the provisions of bureaucracy, there can never be a true practice of democracy”.
The workers conceded that constitutionally the governor has the right to reform existing local government councils but advised that credible individuals should be appointed to serve in the councils and subjected to regular monitoring as they advised the governor to also listen other ideas on the issue.