IMO: Gov Uzodinma Sacks Labour Commissioner Over Feud With NLC

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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma.

Presumably steaming from days of total public power blackout in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma has sacked the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Mr. Ford Ozumba, over a lingering face-off between the Imo State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the State Government.

A statement signed by the Governor’s media aide, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to journalists in Owerri, the capital of the South-East Nigeria state, Saturday read: “Governor Uzodimma has approved the immediate removal of Chief Ford Ozumba, Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, from office.

“Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Declan Emelumba says the Governor directed Chief Ozumba to hand over to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry with immediate effect.”

It would be recalled that the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company shut power supply to Imo since Thursday in compliance with the NLC’s directive.

The industrial action by the NLC, which saw the total halt of power distribution in Imo, was based on alleged militarisation and brutalisation of Congress members in the state.

Consequently, state witnessed total blackout on Thursday and Friday.

In a statement in Enugu, South-East Nigeria, the Head of Corporate Communications, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), Mr. Emeka Ezeh, confirmed that the loss of supply experienced in Imo State was as a result of the industrial action by the organised labour union.

He stated: “This led to the shutting down of our source of supply, leaving us with no energy to distribute.

“As a result, all our customers in Imo State are without electricity supply.

“We understand the inconveniences this situation will cause our customers, and we are hopeful that the issue will be resolved within the shortest possible time so we can restore supply to our customers.

“We therefore appeal to our customers to be vigilant and ensure the electricity infrastructure serving them are not attacked by vandals who might want to take advantage of the situation to attack and vandalise electricity facilities.

“We remain committed and working assiduously to deliver improved services.”

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