Aba(Abia)â€”An Aba-based detergent firm, International Equitable Association (Industrial andÂ Commercial) Ltd, has complied with a Senate resolutionÂ to reinstateÂ 365 workers it wrongfully dismissed in 2001.
The companyâ€™s new Managing Director, Chief John Onwukwe, told newsmen in Aba, yesterday, that the workers were reinstated in March when the firm reopened for business.
He said the company also employed 60 new workers, including graduates.
Onwukwe reiterated the new managementâ€™s resolve to always abide by the laws of the land.
He said the company would employ more youths as a means of curbing youth restiveness in the area.
Onwukwe assured the companyâ€™s shareholders, who had not been paid dividend in the last nine years, of better days ahead and urged them to exercise patience.
The company, which won the Nigeria Standards Organisation award in 2006, was for more than nine years engulfed in crises.
This led to the sealing off ofÂ the firm on the orders ofÂ Inspector General ofÂ Police Ogbonna Onovo.
The firm was, however, re_opened early this year following anÂ Aba High Court order which directed the police to vacate its premises.
The senateÂ also waded in as part ofÂ theÂ peace efforts and passed a resolution which stated that all dismissed staffÂ should be reinstated.
The former management team ofÂ the company, however, refused to act on the resolution.