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Recall Sacked Workers, Prioritise Good Governance, TUC Tells Wike

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called on the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to recall the sacked 344 lecturers, and others employed at the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, since September 2014 by the immediate past administration led by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.

TUC said the priority of his leadership now should be good governance that would transform the state.

The Congress in a statement by its President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Secretary General, Comrade Musa Lawal, expressed shock and disappointment at the news of the sack, especially because of the grave consequences it portends for the affected workers, their dependants and the society at large.

The labour center noted that the governor’s actions could most likely be the fall-out of the political acrimony that traversed the period before and during the recent elections in the state, saying that all such considerations ought to have gone with that period, advising that governor to make good governance a priority.

According to the Congress, “Nigerians have become increasingly interested in public affairs and impatient for good governance because of years of unfulfilled promises by their leaders. They are much wiser now and can no longer be fooled and impoverished by a minute percentage of the populace.”

TUC argued that many of the people whose appointments the governor terminated probably voted for him. “How will they explain to their friends, family members and associates that the man they so much believed in and voted for has relieved them of their jobs in spite of the fact that job creation and provision of infrastructure were among his campaign promises,” they queried.

The Congress called on government at all levels in the country to eschew politics of bitterness. It observed that government is a continuum, and any useful project embarked on by a preceding administration should not be done away with so as not to waste taxpayers’ money that has been expended on it.

On Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMA-RIV) whose officers the Wike-led government accused of causing accidents and loss of lives of innocent persons, the Congress advised that only persons found to have indulged in such acts should be dismissed.

The Congress urged the governor to be mindful not to take rash decisions so that his intentions would not be misconstrued even where it ought to be commended.

“Disengaging 344 lecturers and other personnel in one fell swoop without sparing a thought about what would become of them and their dependants, is very improper. It is our view that the governor should do a rethink and reverse that move,” the statement said.