Abia Line Network Staff Call For The Sack Of Their Chairman
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Anthony Agbazuere has adviced staff of Parastatals and other government agencies to shun the temptation to conniving with government appointees to siphon money meant for the overall welfare of Staff.
He gave the advice at Government House while addressing staff of Abia Line Network Company (ALNC) who staged a peaceful protest to complain about some greviances and challenges confronting them. He was of the view that no government appointee can siphon money without the active collaboration of some workers.
He reminded them that Parastatals have laws establishing them while monies they generate do not go into government coffers but managed internally.
The Chief of Staff said he was bothered where management and workers of Parastatals cannot come together to harmonize and proffer lasting solutions to issues confronting them. He noted that other privately owned transport companies survive and pay their workers and wondered why the reverse is the case of Abia Line.
Dr. Agbazuere called on public office holders to see their appointments as a call to serve and to better the lots of their staff and not an avenue to amass wealth for themselves.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman Abia Line Labour Union, Comrade Israel Ogbonna said they were at the Government House to let the government know about the hardship they were going through as a result of non-payment of their salaries for several months. According to him, despite generating funds on daily basis, they were still lacking many facilities in their place of work regretting that since their last visit to the government House last July, nothing has been done to ameliorate their hardship and pleaded with the State government to come to their aid.
Comrade Ogbonna lamented that since assuming office two (2)years ago, the General Manager, Chief K. O. Mgbeahuru has only paid them four times in two years, adding that the staff of Abia Line are being threatened at will by the General Manager.
They further asked the governor to change the leadership so as to ensure a smooth operation of the establishment.