By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—STAKEHOLDERS in the Local Government system have criticized the President of National Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) Alhaji Ibrahim Khalee for calling on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to pardon and recall council workers sacked for getting employed with fake certificates.
They lashed out at the NULGE President for the call, saying he was encouraging fraud.
Khalee had during a NULGE ceremony in Umuahia, last week, appealed to Governor Ikpeazu to recall those who were sacked recently for securing employment with fake certificates.
“It is also my passionate plea to the Governor to reconsider the mass dismissal of workers after the verification exercise and on humanitarian grounds, devise less maximum punishment for all erring and defaulting workers who were dismissed. There is no price too high to pay for social and political stability in any state”.
An octogenarian retiree from the local government system, Ejindu Onuoha said the NULGE President did not mean well for the state, saying: ”Instead of pleading for the payment of pension arrears of retired council workers who are dying, he is advocating for crooks who have duped the government and should be facing the law.”