Okorocha lauds labour over resolution of trade dispute

By Modestus Onyebuchi, Owerri


Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, has lauded the resolution reached by the Committee on Joint Government /Labour Negotiation over a protacted dispute between the two parties.


Reacting to the outcome of the meeting that led to the resolution of the dispute between the state government and the organised labour, he however promised to share the monthly allocation and all other funds accruing to the sate between government and workers at a ratio of 30% to 70% respectively.


Okorocha who was presented with a copy of the Agreement, on Wednesday night by members of the Joint Committee which include the NLC President ,  Wabba Ayuba, the State NLC Chairman,  Austin Chilakpu,  the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers,  Eze Samuel Ohiri and other government officials.


said that the idea to allow Labour manage 70% of the State’s resources in the payment of workers’ salaries and other entitlements will end the face off between Labour and the state government.


According to him, “my action in suspending the workers of the Parastatals and Health outfits was not for any personal benefit to me or my family, but to save the soul of the state and guarantee the future of Imo children yet unborn.


 “I have accepted  the 70% and 30% sharing formula for labour and government and I promise that with the 30%  given to me, I will make the people  happy with that.  I am happy that the workers are satisfied with the 70.


“No worker in the state will be punished for participating in the protest.  The agreement will place the truth on a practical manner because people never believed when I say what the State gets from the Federation Account.  I enjoin all Governors to copy the Imo formula as it will help to understand every government better”.     


The governor continued that, “I have done all within my reach to please the workers of Imo and provide democracy dividends to the people of the state despite the difficult economic situation in the country.  It is unfortunate that over the years, the fumes coming out of the exhaust pipe in Imo are only smokes of consumption and no smoke of production.  That can never help to develop the State.


“I share in the sentiment of the workers of doing the old things, the old way without any positive result.  And if the state must be secured for the future generation, then sacrifice is inevitable.  For those wondering who has lost or won in the conflict, there is no winner.  There is no loser.  We are all winners in the struggle.


“I believe that the culture in Nigeria does not allow collective ownership of properties, people do better when there is individualism in the ownership of properties.  That explains why the concessioned properties of the state government are doing well.  I thank labour for doing me a great favour by this agreement.”


 Earlier in his speech,  the NLC President, appreciated the Governor for the constitution of the Joint Committee and the agreement reached, assuring that labour in the state will continue to work together with the government to improve on the lives of Imo people.


 Wabba added further that “I thank the Security Agencies for doing wonderful job in ensuring that there was no breakdown of law and order. And hoodlums did not take advantage of the situation to cause havoc.  The workers will continue to give their best in the service of the nation.


“I enjoin the government to ensure that the agreement be given effect and implementation to avoid future re-occurrence of the problem.  The agreement signed will be the end of the challenges hat necessitated the Joint Committee”.

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