By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The national leadership of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, NCSU, and the Imo State branch of Association of Senior Civil Servants, are spoiling for war with the Governor Rochas Okorocha-led Imo State government over the compulsory leave slammed on the six management staff of the State Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, including the establishment’s Chairman, Mr. E. I. Onunaku.
Similarly, labour is irked that the state Head of Service has equally approved the immediate redeployment of 132 officers and staff, whose grade levels range from 12 to 14, to other ministries.
Labour is of the opinion that “the state government’s action grossly violated both public service rules and labour laws.”
The position of the labour union was contained in a letter addressed to the Acting BIR Chairman, by the Assistant General Secretary of NCSU, Mr. Luke Dahang.
“We maintain our earlier opposition to deliberately disregard the extant laws and regulations guiding BIR operations.
“We must also state in clear terms that any attempt by individuals or group of persons, to forcefully eject BIR staff, who are members of our union, will be met with stiff resistance,” Dahang stated.
Continuing, the union warned that should the resistance result to unpleasant situation in the workplace, the state government would be held responsible.
While expressing worry that government had issued three circulars on the same subject matter, Dahang also said that this has created serious doubts in the minds of workers.