Image: Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha
It has come to our attention that the government of Imo State is using the members of the Nigeria Police Force to chase out workers from offices, especially, parastatals in order to concession them.
In the course of this, we have been reliably informed, scores of workers have been arrested, brutalised and tear-gassed.
We would want to condemn, in strong terms, these unwholesome tactics in pursuit of a dangerous agenda by the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
We will resist the use of the police to deal with an issue that is purely industrial.
Accordingly, we urge the Inspector General of Police to immediately call to order the Imo State Police Commissioner in order to forestall a complete breakdown of law and order.
We assure on our honour that if the police persist in the brutalisation and forceful ejection of workers from their offices, the Nigeria Labour Congress will mobilise its affiliates, State Councils and Civil Society allies to Imo State to enforce the rights of its members.
As part of the process of managing the situation created by Governor Okorocha, we had written to him on October 9, 2015 proffering solutions.
We had also pointed out to him decisions and activities that were malicious, unlawful, glaringly anti-labour and a direct invitation to an industrial crisis.
Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson
General Secretary, NLC