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Jenifer walked into my room drunk. She sat down. ‘I've come’ she said, ‘to tell
you the latest news about Rochas Okorocha, your Governor in Douglas House,
Owerri. Have you heard that he has embarked on another mass sack of Imo
State Civil Servants, claiming that he is redeploying them to their LGA’s? ‘ She
asked me. ‘The news is that all workers in Owerri from level 9 to level 1 are
going home’ She cried.
Who doesn’t know Jenifer in the neighbourhood? She was among the 10,000
Imo State Civil Servants that Governor Rochas Okorocha sacked on 6th
June 2011 for no good reason. Today, she hates Rochas with a passion for
making her unemployed. She took up the vodka drinking habit since she lost
her job in the Imo State Civil Service. She has dark skin, tiny boobs, long shiny
dark hair, and brown eyes. She looks very athletic. Her cloth hugs her body;
the lightest of cotton.
‘Okorocha wants to downsize ministries. He said that each ministry will now
have just 100 staff. Government House 100 and very big ministries 200 staff.
He addressed Civil Servants at the State Secretariat. He was booed. The
workers booed him, showing him shege’
I sat on the chair speechless, watching Jenifer arrange her long shiny dark hair
before my sitting room mirror. The news of another mass sack in Imo State
shocked me. I quickly made phone calls and discovered that the news is true.
Jenifer pulled her hair up and piled it on top of her head. She let her eyes look
at my eyes, and then she dropped her hair and let it fall down in front of her
face. Each time I see Jenifer in this mood, I feel her pains of unemployment
and the sadness is so great.
Another mass disengagement of Civil Servants in Imo State in less than one
year?.This is in continuation of the anti poor, anti workers policies of Governor
Okorocha. When he was campaigning for the peoples votes,he ran, promising
to be a 'Jobs Governor,' because he wanted Imolites to believe that he would
make real progress putting people back to work. Nearly one year later, we have
made no progress on jobs and he not only has no answer on giving people
jobs, he don’t think it’s his job to offer one. He is not creating jobs but is busy
putting Imolites out of jobs. He has so far sacked more than 16,000 Imolites.
He is now sending more persons home in the name of redeployment of Civil
Servants to Communities to serve in an illegal Community Government Council.
The action of the Okorocha government is becoming more barbaric given the
fact that in Imo State the Civil Servants constitute the largest proportion of
salary earners with a large population of dependants. However, the criminal
silence of NLC in Imo state further reveals the real face of the current Imo NLC
chairman as inhuman and anti-workers.
I hold the strong view that the government can afford to pay minimum wage to
workers across Imo and in fact, implement more pro-masses policies without
tears. Another mass sack of workers is a sorry development, especially
because Imo is fabulously blessed with abundant human and natural
resources, and remains a potential pool of the best of what humanity is blessed
with if concerted effort is made to develop these huge resources. I am of the
opinion that to further reduce the strength of the Civil Service by sacking
workers on the basis of right sizing is simply unacceptable. We say NO to this.
Even the few available workers in the Civil Service are simply not even enough.
I stood up , touched Jenifer’s wrists and hands. I feel sorry for her. She was
sacked months ago now her sister is about to be sacked. Our governor
probably overlooked the fact that the average Nigerian worker has four
dependents – at least two living with him. Why is he removing food from the
table of the masses that voted him into power?
Okorocha should go for policies in Imo that will place giving the people jobs as
his highest priority. We need reform to encourage a strong business economy
and create jobs. This reform needs to reach every corner of our state, into every
industry and every business large and small so that we can achieve a
technological, industrial, and agricultural business renaissance here in Imo
Jenifer walked away from the mirror. ‘This is not what we bargained’ she said.
All the things we were told during the election, all the love we chased, all the
good campaign promises, what happened to them?’ She asked.
‘ No be small thing-o’ I said ‘While the rank and file workers in Imo state are
being asked to go home ,the governor continues to enrich himself more and
more at the expense of the citizens. If one were to count the amount of
overseas trips, times the amount of out of pocket allowances that Okorocha
receives plus what is going on in our LGA’s in the name of caretaker
government, it exposes the ugly underbelly of what he means when he said he
was on a rescue mission.He is really rescuing his pocket.’
‘We now have an Imo state of unemployed youths; Imo state were minimum
wages are denied workers, Imo state were workers are owed salaries, Imo
state were the people are being denied employment in spite of their
potentials; Imo state of escalating executive lawlessness, Imo state were LGA
funds are looted, Imo state of disregard for constitutional rights.
Government in Imo today is Owelle only . Those in government today are
suffocating. The teachers are suffering. The civil servants are suffering.
Business men are suffering. Even the traders are suffering. What we have now
in Imo State is the more you look the less you see’
Well, I'm going.I am angry.I hate Okorocha with a passion.’ She said .
I got up and walked her to the door. Just as she was leaving, she said, ‘Mr
Uwadi, please buy me the rice you promised me, Mama Gold rice-o .No, I
want Caprice, Caprice rice seems to be better’. I watched her walked away.
See how Owelle has turned this young graduate into a beggar.There are many
Jenifers’ made unemployed by Rochas out there in Owerri. Save us O God.
Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State,Nigeria
The lady who hates Gov. Rochas Okorocha
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