By Tony Edike
ENUGU – MANAGING Director of Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA), Mr. Greg Anyaegbudike, yesterday, explained why 163 staff of the agency wereÂ retrenched few months ago, saying the exercise was part of efforts to reposition the agency to improve service delivery.
The explanation came on the heels of protest by the affected staff, who claimed that their sack was illegal, malicious and meant to punish their families.
Anyaegbudike told reporters in Enugu that the affected staff were retrenched for various reasons, ranging from certificate forgery, over age and retirement age.
He said that some of the staff, whose physical strength could no longer match the level of work required in the agency as well as those whose performance input was poor were also affected.
The ESWAMA boss further explained that a committee was sent to the agency early this year to x-ray their working conditions, following which it was discovered that the agency was over staffed.
He said the retrenchment was part of efforts to reposition the agency and appealed to the affected staff to understand that it was not maliciously motivated.Â He said that the benefits of the staff would be paid to them in full.