Uzodimma fires labour commissioner

Declan Emelumba, the Commissioner for Information, said in a statement on Saturday that the sacking was effective immediately.

According to reports, Uzodimma directed Ozumba to immediately hand over all necessary documents to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

While no reason was given for the dismissal, it could be related to the schism between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the governor.

On Tuesday, the NLC accused officials of the Uzodimma Government of disrupting its state congress and causing mayhem among workers exercising their right to vote for their leaders.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, NLC president Joe Ajaero declared the union's indefinite strike in the state.

Ajaero stated that the NLC had directed its State Councils throughout Nigeria to prepare for the State Delegates' Conference for the election of new leadership in all of the country's council areas.

He claimed that the Imo State government "tried to influence the outcome of the state's elections" by offering bribes to delegates to vote for their "chosen candidates."

"The delegates who refused the unholy offerings and baits to vote for their preferred candidates resisted this meddling," he said.

According to the president, the state government was enraged by the delegates' rejection of their offerings and resorted to violence to disrupt the exercise.

"When it became clear to the government and their goons that their stooges were going to lose the elections overwhelmingly, thugs armed to the teeth descended on the delegates, inflicting various degrees of injury on them, chasing them away, and carting away materials meant for the conduct of the elections that was supposed to be at the heart of the conference."

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