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Okorocha pardons about 2000 suspended LG workers

Okorocha and Imo state civil servants

– Orders immediate payment of their 5 months’ salary arrears

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has pardoned and also announced the lifting of the suspension order on about two thousand (2000) Local Government Workers across the State.

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

The governor announced the pardon and the lifting of the suspension order when he met with the affected workers, with the NLC State Chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu and Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Uche Nwosu in attendance.

The suspended Local Government Workers were those found not to have come to work upto thirty 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 calculated to weed the Local Government System of bad eggs.

The governor told the pardoned staff of the Local Government Councils to go home and sin no more and regretted 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 one thousand workers.

The governor told the affected staff that the worst any worker could do is to take salary without working for it, and also noted that the greatest Challenge facing the Local Government System is the lukewarm attitude of the workers to work. And also reiterated that politicians have also contributed to the rot in the Local Government administration.

The governor also told the workers to make sure that they sign the attendance register every working day and equally made them to understand that henceforth, government would take the issues of absenteeism and lateness to work seriously.

The workers had demonstrated excitement and sang to show their appreciation to the governor for being considerate and compassionate.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Imo State Chapter, Comrade Austin Chilakpu described the governor as a man with a heart of gold and prayed that God would continue to use him for the prosperity of the State and her people.

Go back to drawing board – Hon. Ololo charges NCWS

Hon. Mrs. Ogechi Ololo poses in a group photograph with the leadership of NCWS, Owerri North chapter.

The leadership of National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has been charged to go back to the drawing board in order to properly educate and sensitize women who misunderstood the vision and mission of the group.

Hon. Mrs Ogechi Ololo who is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Internal Affairs, Imo State Government House,  stressed the need to  revisit the vision and mission of the association for the betterment of women and the society at large, when she  admonished  the leadership of NCWS Owerri North, who visited her at the Government House Owerri.

She explained that it would be a significant, corrective and educative move, so as to properly sensitize those who view the group as a political organization and misunderstood its aims and objectives.

The Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Internal Affairs suggested that they  should start educating women about NCWS, pointing out that some people are reluctant  to identify with them because they see it as a political group.

She said, “It is not a political gathering, it is a social gathering that impacts on the lives of the poorest of the poor. I personally believe I am part of NCWS and will do my best to empower the members whenever there is need for it’

The Deputy Chief of Staff expressed appreciation that her fellow married women from Owerri North under the NCWS deemed it necessary to visit her and commended them for all their love and prayers on her family and the state government.

Earlier in her speech, the President of NCWS in Owerri North, Mrs Chinyere Okere said the new leadership of the group came to identify with Hon. Ololo as an example of womanhood and a unique female personality who has made outstanding and impactful contributions to the group.

She said, “It is a solidarity visit to show loyalty to woman who has helped us a lot and keeps helping us. We are ready to work with you.”

In her vote of thanks, Hon. Mrs Helen Emezi noted that Hon Ololo has always been a source of inspiration as her speech and actions have given them confidence and motivation, she promised that NCWS Owerri North will always be there to honour any invitation by the Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Internal Affairs.

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