- No plans to sack workers, cut pay
- Says D-Gov gave no directives to fire workers
- By EDISON Okereke
The Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) has
refuted media reports that it is planning to sack its workers or slash their salaries in
The refutation is contained in a statement made available to Daily Nigerian Horn, and signed Monday by the Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the
Managing Director, Engr. Anthony Okwuosha, Collins Ughalaa.
The statement also punctured the reports’ claim that the deputy governor, Gerald
Irona, had advised the commission to sack many workers to reduce its alleged
wage bill of N40m.
The statement, therefore, urges the general public to disregard the story which the
commission says is false and does not reflect the calm situation there.
The statement is entitled: “Re: Deputy Governor recommends staff reduction in
It says: “The Managing Director
“The Managing Director of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development
Commission (ISOPADEC), Engr. Anthony Okwuosha, and the members of the
Board of the Commission have read a false newspaper report on one of the Owerri
based newspapers on Monday, August 12, 2019, claiming that the Deputy
Governor, Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona, has recommended to the Commission to embark
on massive sack of workers in the Commission over alleged high wage bill of
N40M, or in the alternative the salary of the workers be slashed.
“The false report also said that the Managing Director was about to implement the
said recommendation and that the workers were apprehensive.
The Managing Director and members of the Board of ISOPADEC could have
ignored the false alarm for what it is, but in keeping with the policy of
transparency, rule of law, due process and citizen participation of the Ihedioha
administration, it became necessary to put the records straight.
There is no truth in the report as it is entirely fabricated and a hallucination of the
parochial imagination of the purveyors and authors of the story.
“The Managing Director and members of the Board of the Imo State Oil Producing
Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) have not received any
recommendation or instructions from any quarters to either sack the workers or
reduce their salaries for whatever reason. The Board is not considering sacking
workers or slashing their salaries at the moment and has not approved such action,
as they are preoccupied with moving the Commission forward and serving the
people they are meant to serve better.
Consequently, the Managing Director is not contemplating taking action to sack or
slash workers’ salaries as alleged in the false newspaper report.
“The Deputy Governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Gerald Irona has rather been
challenging the members of the Board and the management team to rise up to the
occasion and salvage the ugly situation in the oil producing communities. He has
also been busy addressing the issues of poverty, unemployment, under
development and security threats in the oil producing communities in the sister
local governments of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta in line with the State Government’s
policy to develop the rural communities.
However, there have been concerns of corruption, mismanagement and abuse of
office, et cetera, in ISOPADEC. To address the situation, the Governor, His
Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, set up a panel to investigate the activities of
ISOPADEC from 2011 to 2019. The panel is still sitting and has not produced or
presented its report.