Workers have been paid upto March says NLC Chairman, Austin  Chilakpu

Okorocha poses with the state civil servants

Chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu has said that the state government has paid workers in the state upto the month of February while that of March is on-going, adding that while Junior workers from grade level one to six got one hundred percent of their salaries, workers from grade level seven and above got eighty percent of their salaries following the agreement to that effect between the Labour Leaders and the State Government.

Comrade Chilakpu gave the explanation while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting between Labour Leaders in the state and the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha with other Senior Government Functionaries on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Government House Owerri stressing that the Labour Leaders were also talking with the government to begin to pay the workers 100 percent of their salaries regardless of the agreement the parties had reached on the issue of salary.

The State NLC Chairman also stated that “Labour does not support absenteeism or workers doing those things that are contrary to the enabling laws guiding civil and public service. We have pleaded with the governor that all those workers suspended be pardoned but not that they will not feel the pain, if there is no pain it will look like we are supporting indolence and absenteeism which is what we are preaching against”.

He continued “Henceforth, we agreed that those who do not attend work 100% should be ready to face the music as labour will not intercede in such matter again”.

Comrade Chilakpu further added, “For those that falsified their certificates or working with another person’s name, labour does not look into criminal matters and those found guilty must face the wrath of labour”, thanking the governor for prompt payment of salaries.

Speaking on behalf of the government, the chairman of the joint committee Ugwumba Uche Nwosu pointed out that the governor’s pardon will only be enjoyed by those that had up to 30% attendance as those that got below can be best described as ghost workers.

Governor Okorocha donates 4 hospitals to the Army, Navy, Airforce & Police respectively

Governor Okorocha exchanging pleasantries with Major-General Abimbola Amosu, Head of Army Medical corps

Governor Rochas Okorocha has handed over four, out of the 27 General Hospitals built by his administration in each of the twenty-seven local governments in the state, to the Army, Navy, Airforce and the Police.

Governor Okorocha explained the development when the Commander of the Nigeria Army Medical Corps, Major-General Abimbola Amosu came to meet with him on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff in connection with the donation of the General Hospital at Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government to the army which is now Army Hospital.

The governor also stated that the Navy had already taken over the hospital at Ngor-Okpala LGA, while the Airforce took over the hospital at Owerri North  and the Police Force had earlier taken over the one at Ideato South LGA, adding that the essence of all these, is to make the state the hub for medical services.

The Governor remarked “as you are aware, we have 200-bed hospitals constructed in every Local Government of the state. We are trying to make Imo state health tourist city for the federal Republic of Nigeria. For these hospitals, we have started giving them out. Airforce has taken the one at Owerri North, Army has taken the one at Umuguma in Owerri West, Nigeria  Police is taking the one  at Ideato South and the Navy has taken the one at Ngor-Okpala”.

He continued “today we are paying host to major-General Amosu who is incharge of the medical Department of the Nigeria Army. She came at the instance of the Chief of Army Staff to inspect one of the new hospitals built by the State Government and donated to the Nigeria Army. We will be building University of Medicine in the state to use most of the remaining hospitals as outreach centres. This is a bigger picture of what we intend to do”.

He stated, “I am very quite impressed in seeing a woman wearing the rank of a Major General. This is not common in our checked history. This is quite exemplary and this defines the reason, the army medical section is doing well”.

His words, “You are in the right place and we are ever ready to partner the army. Before now the army has taken possession of three command schools, one in Orlu, one in Okigwe and one in Owerri which the rescue mission government built and donated to them. We are enjoying a good collaboration with the army, and we still think that NDA which is the Army University should be here. We will provide the resources and build it if need be. Imo people are already seeing the wisdom in partnering with the agencies to bring their facilities down here”.

In her speech, General Amosu said, “I am here at the instance of the Chief of Army Staff who got the letter and appreciated the offer of the state government to donate a 200 bed hospital to the Nigeria Army. One thing is clear, that even if the hospital is donated to the Nigeria Army, it will definitely serve not just the military personnel and their families, but the communities around where the facility is located because that is one thing we do with our facilities. The medical care, our schools etc are not just for the military, we use them also as a way of improving our civilian-military relations”.

According to her, “The army is passionate about medical care and that’s why we offer free medical outreach to the public. Just like the one we had in Imo during the Chief of Army Staff Conference hosted in the State. The donation of this hospital will now make it more permanent because the military medical outreach is of high quality. We are satisfied with the hospital having inspected it. We will make it world class and it will key into the plans of the government to make the state a hub for medical outreach in the country”.

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