Hope Uzodimma the governor of Imo State has reacted the industrial action embarked on by the Nigerian Labour Congress Imo State Chapter and the disagreement with the Labour leadership and Imo State government.
According to Hope Uzodimma, he said that he did not see any tangible reasons for NLC leadership in Imo State to embark on a strike as his government have maintained good relationship between the state government and the Labour union across all sectors in Imo State since he became governor in 2020.
On the side of the total blackout in Imo State,as a result of the industrial action, Hope Uzodimma said that no matter any disagreement with the government, the Enugu distribution company should not be made to suffer consequences of industrial action even now that the country is trying to adjust to the fuel scarcity and naira scarcity.
Addressing newsmen at the government House in Owerri the state capital on Tuesday, governor Uzodinma said that EEDC is a private company which owned by private individuals. adding that EEDC does not have any clash or issues with Imo State government.
According to him,Imo State Government does not have any outstanding dispute with EEDC to warrant any strike action neither is the state government owing any verified and genuine worker of the state.
He further alleged that EEDC is only being used by their owners to suffer Imo people for political gains maintaining that only the owners of EEDC can order them to stop the blackout and not the state government.
His Words “Under my watch as the Executive Governor of our dear Imo State, I have nurtured a good relationship between the State Government and labour unions across sectors, which was in a bad shape prior to my assumption of office in January 2020.
“For whatever the dispute was between the staff of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and their management, ndi Imo shouldn’t be made to suffer the consequences of an industrial action, especially at a time when Nigerians are trying to adjust to the cashless policy and fuel scarcity.
“I have spoken with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress and her affiliates in the State and no report of a directive for an industrial action and I verified this from the Head of Service, who confirmed workers presence at work and working.
“Ndi Imo eagerly anticipates positive proceeds from having their son as the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and not otherwise.
“Be that as it may, let’s be rest assured that the Government has waged into the matter and whatever the impasse is, we will resolve it to the interest of the people and all other parties involved.
Recall that the National chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress Mr Joe Ajero declared an indefinite strike in Imo State over series of disagreement between the government ranging from none payment of workers salaries and pensions.
Ilegall conversation of legit workers and pensioners to ghost pensioners and ghost workers in the State.