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NLC threatens to shut down Imo over sacked workers

04 February 2016, 20:25

Owerri - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to shut down Imo State once the 14-day ultimatum issued to the state government to recall the 3 000 sacked workers expires.

President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Igwe Achese, a member of the 6-man action committee set up by NLC to look into the crisis made the disclosure.

He said the planned action will cripple both economic and social activities in the state as fuel and electricity supplies, banks and shops will be closed among others.

The union alleged that the state governor has raised a private militia which he armed to inflict injuries on workers.

Also read: Tension heightens in Imo over workers' sack

Congress said it considers this as illegal and resolves to make a report to the Inspector General of Police, warning that in the event that Okorocha violates the law by unleashing the militia again on workers, there would be consequences.

The state government is alleged to be owing workers of the state’ agencies including Imo State Water Corporation and Imo State Transport Company, between three and 15 months salaries and other benefits.

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