Governor Rochas Okorocha announcing the pardon of about 2,000 Local Government workers suspended in January for truancy, and other irregularities. With him are State NLC Chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu (first left), Chief of Staff, Govt. House, Uche Nwosu (first right), and Chinyere Uwandu. (2nd right), Chairman Local Government Service Commission on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Imo Trade & Investment Centre Owerri.
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. Orders immediate payment of five months salary arrears

By Valentine Amanze,

Online Editor

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has recalled suspended local government workers in the state.

The governor also ordered the immediate payment of their five months salary arrears, from January to May, 2017.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor announced the pardon and the lifting of the suspension on the 2,000 workers when he met with them on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, with the state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC ), Comrade Austin Chilakpu, and Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Uche Nwosu, in attendance.

The suspended workers were found not to have come to work upto 30 percent, and those involved in other irregularities ranging from impersonation to false declaration of age during the monitoring and verification exercises embarked upon by the government to flush out bad eggss from the Local Government System.

The governor told the workers, “Go home and sin no more,” lamenting the level of truancy among the council workers.

He warned, “A situation where one would visit Local Government offices, and could hardly find 200 people on seat, while you have a record of more than 1,000 workers, will not be tolerated.”

Okorocha said that the worst any worker could do was to take salary without working for it, stressing that the greatest challenge of the Local Government System was the lukewarm attitude of the workers to work. He also indicted politicians for the rot in the Local Government administration, while advising the workers to always sign the attendance register every working day.

The NLC Chairman, Imo State chapter, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, described the governor as a man with the heart of God and prayed that God would continue to use him for the prosperity of the state and its people.