By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Leaders of the workers’ unions, Austin Chilakpo, Nkim Tangban and Aloy
Iwuanyanwu, disclosed in a statement made available to Orient Weekend that
state government’s failure to pay the salaries despite appeal was unfair.
According to the workers, the security agencies in the state should not hold
leaders of the union responsible should they decide to stage a protest.
The workers said the state government had enough fund to pay civil servants and
The statement addressed to Governor Rochas Okorocha reads in part: “Your
Excellency Sir, the leadership of Labour in the state has made frantic effort to see
that the salaries of Imo workers for the month of March 2019 is paid through the
office of the Accountant General and have not yielded any result.
“All reasons given as to why the salaries are yet to be paid is watery and as such ,
not acceptable to Imo workers. More worrisome is the fact that the March 2019
Federal Allocation has hit the account of the state government.
“Apart from this, Imo State Government has received the LGA allocation for the
27 LGAs in the state, 13percent derivation fund, ecological fund, internally
generated revenue and many more. Therefore, the continuous delay in the
payment of workers’ salaries becomes unjustified.
“More worrisome also is the fact that we shall soon enter into the Easter season,
which the workers need this salary for. The money set aside for the payment of
pensioners should be used for the purpose it is meant for. They are human beings
and as such should celebrate the Easter too.
“Your Excellency Sir, we have done our best to calm the workers and as it stands
now, we can no longer control them, hence this ultimatum.
We therefore call on the State Commissioner of Police, the Director of State Security Services and all
other security agencies to prevail on the government to pay Imo workers their
salaries and pensioners their outstanding.
“We cannot guarantee any industrial peace if government fails to do the needful.
Labour leaders in Imo State should not be held responsible for any outbreak of
industrial unrest. Government should make use of the seven days given to her to
pay the workers and pensioners unfailingly".