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Health Workers Threaten Strike Action Over Unpaid Salaries

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The leadership of the Joint Health Sector and Assembly of Health Care Professionals Imo State Chapter has said that its members may be forced to embark on industrial action if Imo State Governor,  Hope Uzodinma fails to address their demands.

The health workers comprising of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUM) and Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) threatened that the outstanding salaries of its members in the state and local government services be paid to avert industrial action.

.Addressing journalists yesterday afternoon at the union’s secretariat in Owerri, Imo State Capital, the Secretary of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), Comrade Ukpabi Rosemary said the exercise is being done in bad faith, adding that the end product is targeted to service selfish interest and not to the good people of Imo State.

Comrade Ukpabi who said the screening exercise of health workers alone in the 27 LGA  should be stopped forthwith to avert industrial action said ” the ongoing selective verification /screening by Mrs KRO Izuogu the  Secretary who doubles as the Chairman of the Verification Screening Committee is the third in the last 5months .”

She said the Permanent Secretary has no constitutional right to carry out statutory function of the commission such as promotion, demotion and appointment of workers.

Also speaking, Comr Lakia G Mamah, Imo State Secretary of MHWUM and the State Secretary NUHAP, Ihesinulo Austin said the verification /screening of only its members by the  Secretary the Verification Screening Committee is causing serious apprehension, panic, and tension to members of the union.

The union leaders  who said JOHESU is not against screening /verification in the State but take exception to selective exercise said  the way and manner which the Permanent Secretary is threatening and intimidating members is a cause for concern to the Union.

The MHWUM Secretary said the  high handedness attitude of the Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission lend support to media report that Imo State Government is planing to sack some Health Workers in order to reduce Local Government Area wage bill.

He said from the record of service, the permanent secretary is due for retirement from Imo State Civil Service on 18th October, 2020.and ought to be on retirement leave in lieu of notice.

When contacted, Mrs. K. R.O Izuogu, Secretary who doubles as the Chairman of the Verification Screening Committee said the union’s claim on selective verification/ screening exercise of health workers in the 27 LGA  was false and not targeted to service selfish interest but for the good people of Imo State.

She said before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown all the LGA staff were verified and screened except the health workers because of the World Health Organization instruction.

According to her, “there fear is that many of them got promotion illegally and don’t want to be exposed.”

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Alleged Non Payment Of Salaries: Imo Staff Ass. of Nig Universities Embarks On Strike Today, As Nonso Nkwa Raises Alarm Over Plot To Silence Him

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Owing to allegations on non payment of salaries, staggered payments, under payment of salaries amongst others, the senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities Imo State Chapter vowed to embark on strike today.

In a release titled “Notice of Indefinite Strike Action by the Organized Labour of Imo State, and signed by the Acting Chairman of the group Harrison Agumbah and the secretary Ambrose Okereafor and made available to Lead they accused  Imo State Government of Non Payment of salaries, under payment staggered payment amongst others Imo State Government has recently published the names of genuine civil servants in the state totaling 42,000 out of which they have paid salaries to 41000 upto December 2020.

Addressing the press on the said issue, the commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba revealed that the remaining one thousand workers yet to be paid were those with BVN and other related issues which according to him would be paid as soon as the problems were ratified.

Meanwhile, One of the Radio presenters of Ozisa FM, Chinonso Uba Popularly known as Nonso Nkwa has raised alarm over plot to silence him.

In a press release signed by Nonso Nkwa himself and  made available to Lead, the presenter who did not mention the name of  any person, group or organization as responsible for the said threat, revealed that the said threat  was coming as a result of his stand on the alleged non payment of workers salaries in Imo.

I have reliably gathered information that some persons are planning to make me disappear for my constant defense and advocacy for Unpaid Imo Workers and Pensioners…

I therefore wish to state categorically that I will never stop advocating for the suffering Imo workers and Pensioners no matter the threat to my life because this is a divine assignment am doing…

Nonsonkwa is not a saint but definitely a Defender of the Masses;and the goodwill of the Masses and the Grace of God will Protect my going out and my coming in….

Finally, Nothing scares a Man of Integrity and an advocate of the Masses!!!

Ndi Imo remains my Constituents and I will never back out…God Forbid!!!

Am simply doing Gods Work;nothing more nothing less!!!

If God be for Us,Who can be against Us!!!

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Herdsmen attacks: Seyi Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear, says sports minister

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Following the various alleged attacks in various parts of the states in Nigeria wherein Oyo state is experiencing the same heat, Mr  Sunday Dare,  Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has advised Seyi Makinde the Governor of Oyo State, to be more proactive and decisive in tackling the security situation in the state.

In a statement on Monday, Dare implied that the governor is too scared to take a decision that would protect the indigenes of his state from attacks.

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There had been reports of alleged attacks, that some Fulani were kidnapping, killing, and raping residents in Ibarapa area of the state

Sunday Dare urged the governor to seek assistance from states and non-state actors and stop “responding out of fear that his political status is being damaged”.

Part of the statement termed, ‘Minister wants Makinde to be more decisive on security’, read, “For several months, citizens of Oyo state have watched with increasing concern as the security situation in our beloved state degenerated. Troubling accounts about killings, kidnappings, and herdsmen versus farmers conflicts abound.

Read Also: South West warning over Fulani Treatment by Coalition of Northern Groups

Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to act fast and prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand.

We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.

“Governor Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership in the state.

“Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that the protection of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones.

Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”

“The worsening developments in the state in the area of security are a direct result of a temporizing fiddling leader.

The Governor has paid more lip service to the issue of security instead of offering solutions or taking proactive steps to stem the attacks and chart the path of resolution.

For this is a complex issue that requires political courage and vision to resolve.”

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South West warning over Fulani Treatment by Coalition of Northern Groups

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The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, called for all northern people in the south west to return peacefully to their homes before deciding the next step.

The spokesperson for CNG, Suleiman Abdul-Azeez, opined that the warning to herdsmen in the southwest was related to a grand design to destabilize Nigeria and, in particular, to push the North to its knees. The party warned that any violence or abuse would be returned. The enemies of the North sought to ensure that the region remained backward, fragmented, vulnerable, frustrated and bewildered by a multitude of challenges and problems.

In a statement, “We certainly don’t consider it an isolated incident but linked to a grand design to destabilize Nigeria and in particular bring the North to its knees by targeting a major component of its population, the Fulani and their livestock assets.”

“Today everyone can see a clear pattern drawn from the strategies employed to achieve these results; namely the diminishing of the Northern viability and in particular, bringing the Hausa/Fulani population down by direct annihilation or political and economic incapacitation.”

“We wonder how the Presidency and the National Assembly would have reacted, were the North to make such against other tribes and people that are non-indigenous but live and flourish in the North and actually carry out the threat,” the statement observed.

“No matter through which lenses we look, therefore, we only see in this fast-phased agenda a manifestation of a system that tends to deploy a warped application of the law solely for the protection of a certain category of citizens and endangering others.

“This manifestation of gross inequity is also one that portends the danger of even more grave conflicts,” explaining further.

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