The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, has expressed concerns over what they perceive to be authoritarian actions of Imo State government, especially on issues affecting workers.
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In a petition to Governor Rochas Okorocha, General Secretary of AUPCTRE, Mr. Philip Agbonkonkon, said the disposition of the present administration in Imo State, “was unorthodox as it bordered on the “lord of the manor system,” while claiming to be democratic, people-oriented and based on separation of powers.”
According to the union, “the under listed actions of the State Government border on not only disregard for due process, but also governance by impunity.
“These include lease of Imo transport, concessioning of Imo State Water Corporation for twenty years to West African Utilities Metering System and Services Company Limited, creation of fourth- tier government in the state designated as “Community Governing Council.
“In the pursuit of the unconstitutional outfit, the governor has ordered public service employees in the state to return to their respective communities and be registered for the take off of the fourth-tier government.”
“As from April 2012, all Ministries should be deemed as rendering commercial services irrespective of their statutory functions and to fend for themselves. By this, the concept of appropriation and budgeting by the State House of Assembly was undermined.
“In all of the above unorthodox developments, the elected representatives of the people of Imo State, i.e. State House of Assembly members, the Judiciary and strategic stakeholders like Council of Ndi-Eze, Trade Unions, Political Parties, Civil Society Organisations, etc were neither consulted nor reckoned with.
“The above issues raised in this statement, among others, have their origin in the disposition of governance that in our opinion are strange to democratic norms; respect for due process; constitutionality and public interest in virtually all cases. They are in furtherance of self interest.”