The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Imo State has given governor Rochas Okorocha a 14-day ultimatum to reinstate the 3,000 state employees he sacked or face a complete shut down of the state.
The workers were sacked earlier this week following what the government called “a productivity audit recently conducted in the parastatals, agencies and departments.” But Comrade Joe Ajaero, the leader of the NLC in the state said in Lagos today that Okorocha had “flouted labour laws” in sacking the workers.
Ajaero warned: “Ignore us at your peril. Banks will not open and any bank that opens should know that they are opening to give free money. There will be no light, no fuel supply, the shops will be shut down”.
Ajaero went on to dare Okorocha to fail to reinstate the workers and said the governor should be prepared to face the consequences. The labour leader also advised residents of the state to prepare for the shutdown by stockpiling food and making sure they have enough cash to last the closure of banks.
Imo State has witnessed a series of protests and demonstrations by state employees over being owed salary arrears for months and chronically poor governance by the Okorocha administration.