GOV MBAH BOWS TO PRESSURE, RECALLS WATER CORPORATION WORKERS SACKED FOR FAILING TO MEET TARGET

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GOV MBAH BOWS TO PRESSURE, RECALLS WATER CORPORATION WORKERS SACKED FOR FAILING TO MEET TARGET

‘Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has bowed to pressure and recalled the workers of the Enugu State Water Corporation he recently sacked for not meeting the minimum N50 million monthly internally generated revenue target on water sales.

On Monday organised labour had directed the picketing of the Corporation’s headquarters on Tuesday following the sacking of the workers “without recourse to due process”.

The organised labour had issued the picketing notice after a marathon meeting with the State Head of Service and other union leaders.

According to sources, the organised labour decried the alleged arbitrariness and impunity of the administration in the state.

Organised labour said it negates the principles of due process and insisted that there would be no work at the Corporation starting from Tuesday until the sacked workers were recalled and the Special Personal Assistant to the Governor on Water and Waste Management, Andreas Gebauer, was removed.

One of the sacked workers identified as Christopher Abonyi – a level 16 officer – reportedly died of a heart attack earlier that morning.

Abonyi, who is due for retirement by 2025, was on annual leave when he was called to his office and handed a termination letter.

It was learnt that Abonyi’s daughter had undergone major surgery that cost his family millions of naira.

He died from shock, family relations told SaharaReporters.

On January 30, 2024, Governor Mbah’s administration sacked no fewer than 20 staff members of the state water corporation for not meeting their monthly IGR target.

The 20 workers who were issued termination letters on Monday, January 29, were between level 13 and directorship.

The letter dated January 26, 2024, and titled: “Termination of Appointment” was signed by Andreas Gebauer, the Special Personal Assistant to Governor Mbah on Water and Waste Management.

Sources revealed that the affected workers were each given a mandate to generate N5 million every month from their area of coverage amid the governor’s push to generate $30 billion in revenue monthly.

However, the governor said collectively they could generate N50 million as the minimum instead of N100 million that the N5 million per person would normally amount to.

The sack letter received by one of the affected workers who spoke to SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity read: “Management has considered your performance and found it unsatisfactory and has decided to terminate your appointment on the grounds of general inefficiency and inability to meet your target.”As a result, your appointment with ENUGU STATE WATER CORPORATION is hereby TERMINATED with immediate effect.”

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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