Abia State Government has accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of being insensitive to the plight of his citizens especially Imo workers disengaged from Abia State Civil service.
Reacting to a statement credited to Governor Okorocha on May Day in which he was said to be apologizing on behalf of Imo workers sacked by Abia state government and yet to be re-engaged, the Chief press secretary to Abia state Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa said the Abia state Government has so far re-engaged a total number of 2,133 disengaged workers back into its civil service majority of whom are from Imo state.
Addressing newsmen on the matter at the Government house, Umuahia, the Chief press secretary said the statement by Governor Okorocha is unfair on Governor Orji and Abia state government, adding that it was wrong for the Imo state Governor to use the occasion of May Day to castigate his Abia state counterpart.
According to him, such a statement from Governor Okorocha is devilish and satanic, pointing out that the Imo Governor,s apology to workers is senseless and unfair. He said the Abia state government does not delight in telling lies to the public or playing to the gallery, maintaining that the Abia state government has a human face while the state Governor has shown love and compassion to his citizens.
The Chief press Secretary explained that although Abia indigenes were the first to be disengaged by neighbouring states, the Abia state government was able to quickly reabsorb them without fuss and added that Governor Orji wrote to his colleagues in the South East before the decision to disengage non Abia workers in her employ wherein he explained the reason for his action.
Mr. Ajunwa stated that with an increase in its Internally Generated Revenue profile, the Abia state government rescinded its earlier decision and is striving to reabsorb all those affected by that decision.
He challenged Governor Okorocha to be man enough to reabsorb his subjects yet to be re-engaged by the Abia state government just like Governor Orji did to Abia indigenes when they were sacked rather than playing to the gallery.