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July 16, 2018

Administrative injustice done to teachers and workers in Imo State by Rochas administration

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I wish to invoke the spirit of God and complain to you about the callous and malicious treatment teachers and workers suffer in Imo State.

Teachers and workers who were approved Study-Leave without pay between 1980 and 1986 or even earlier who have neither put in 35 years of service nor attained the age of 60 years are being forcefully retired to go and die due to no fault of theirs. The worst is that the wicked government of Commander Amadi Ikweche refused to reinstate such teachers and workers after their National Youth Service between 1985 and 1992. This kept the affected teachers and workers out of service throughout their study period and period of non reinstatement (1980-1992).

The government of late Chief Evan Enwerem saw it as inhuman and unjust and reinstated such workers in 1992. Some of these people borrowed money or even sold property to go to school to improve their service and knowledge. These periods of study-leave without salaries and periods of non reinstatement are not pensionable by law and right. This necessitated court action by the people being wrongly retired. This case was tried in the court and judgment delivered by the Chief Judge of Imo State Justice B.A. Njemanze in favour of the affected teachers and workers.

The judgement of the case was published in the January 22-23 edition of the Nigerian Horn Newspaper, Suit No. HOW/862/2008 on pages 8, 9 and 13. Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has disobeyed the court order in collaboration with the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and continued to retire the law-abiding and innocent helpless teachers and workers in the State Service at very premature age. Due retirement is based on 35 years of service or 60 years of age.

I am pleading that in your usual way as apostle of truth and redeemer of the afflicted, to urge Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha who is warming up for 2015 governorship election to comply with the court judgement whose extract is hereby attached for your reference. The people badly affected still have their children to train, aged parents to cater for and numerous responsibilities especially as the Imo State Government is consistently in the habit of cutting workers’ salaries arbitrarily to pay N500 to school children as well as non payment of gratuities since the inception of Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s administration. Rescue Mission Agenda sounds ridiculous without fair and just treatment to the citizens of this state in service. See the way teachers and workers die of frustration in the state.

It is very bad to rob Peter to pay Paul under the guise of Youth Must Work Programme, Chief Reginald Anyadike-led toothless NUT administration collected N10,000 from each affected teacher/worker for injunction suit to refrain the government from retiring those involved but to no avail. Why should bonfide citizens pay through their nose to get justice done to them? Abomination indeed and so it is. This amounts to Boko Haram operation as it touches on the lives of those involved.

Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha should be advised that the government of Imo State of Nigeria is not his personal affair but an affair he holds in trust on behalf of the entire people of Imo State. To God be the glory.

 
Prince Justice Feziechi
Orlu Road, Owerri
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