WORKERS in Imo State, who refused to report for work in the new Community Government Councils (CGC) are to lose their jobs, Governor Rochas Okorocha has warned.
The governor said the policy of his administration to redeploy the workers to rural areas for the take-off of fourth tier government in the state was irrevocable. He told the appointees for the CGCs and a few workers at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri that he would sack any one posted to any of the councils, but refused to resume duty in the councils.
He stated that his mission in setting up the councils at the grassroots not minding the existence of 27 local councils was to ensure that the people were connected to their rural communities for development purposes. Over 3,000 personnel, he stated, would work in the new councils.
The workers at this year’s May Day celebration at the Grasshoppers International Handball Stadium, Owerri had rejected their posting to the councils. Meanwhile, in Awombieri, Mbaitoli Local Council, a monarch, Eze Oliver Nwozuzu and wife, were over the weekend abducted at St. Peters’ Catholic Church, Awo-Mbieri, where they had gone to worship.
The incident took place barely four days a renowned pharmacist, Charles Uwakwe, also from Mbieri, was abducted at 7 p.m. at the ever-busy Ama J. K. Junction in Douglas Road, Owerri. His whereabouts is yet to be known. Former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Godfrey Dikeocha, who was abducted a month ago, was freed last week.
Nwaozuzu’s aide told The Guardian that the ugly incident took place on Sunday, when the abductors stormed the church premises as the monarch was worshiping alongside with the wife. The abductors, he alleged shot sporadically into the air, entered the church and whisked the duo away to an unknown destination.