Last week the Imo State government sacked 3,000 staff of its parastatals and agencies after what it called a “productivity audit”. As a result, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) gave governor Rochas Okorocha, who is currently gallivanting in Asia, a 14-day ultimatum to reinstate the workers or face the consequences.
A source in Owerri, the state capital, has informed us that the sacked workers have resorted to going to work with guns, machetes, bows and arrows and even hoes, daring the governor to try and remove them with security personnel.
The source said that the workers now have no plans to wait for the end of the 14-day ultimatum and said they will “shutdown” the state as soon as Okorocha returns from the Far East. State employees are said to be ready for “mayhem” immediately the governor “steps off the plane” in Owerri.
The source said that it appears that Okorocha has become aware of the trouble waiting at home and is in no hurry to return.