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Workers protest divestment of Delta Line

By Festus Ahon
ASABA — DELTA Line workers, yesterday, protested the divestment of the state government owned transport company, urging Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to rescind his decision on handing over the company to God is Good Motors.

The workers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, barricaded the entrance to the company’s workshop in Asaba on the Benin-Onitsha expressway.

The protesters carrying placards with inscriptions such as ‘Okowa, we say no to privatisation,’ ‘God is Good must not resume in Delta Line,’ ‘Okowa pay attention to Delta Line workers,’ ‘Ibru did not sell,’ ‘Ibori did not sell,’ ‘Uduaghan did not sell,’ ‘Okowa don’t sell Delta Line,’ among others,  insisted that they will  not allow the new management access unless their demands were met.

Chairman of AUPCTRE in the state, Mr Jerry Okosun, said that the union will not accept the partial sale of the corporation, adding that Delta Line was a viable asset and identity of the state.

Okosun said,  “We have no business with God is Good, it is the government that we have business with. Government should tell us why they want to sell the corporation. They said Delta Line is not making profit but we know that the company is viable.”

Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport, Mr Chibuzor Uwajeh, blamed the divestment of the company on the workers, alleging that the workers were running the company aground.

Uwajeh said that the partnership with private sector will  make the transport company viable, alleging that Delta Line had failed to meet the objective for which it was set up.

“We got  information that they gave out Delta Line ridiculously for N161 million. Even the worth of this workshop is over N250 million. As workers’ union, we offered N2 billion, they rejected the offer and went for N161 million offered by God is Good because they are using God is Good as a front.

“Okowa was wrongly advised, the people around him are not telling him the truth. We don’t accept the sale of Delta Line. Government can overhaul or restructure the corporation. If government decides to sell, they should give us buck money for our salaries and gratuities.

“Delta Line is the identity of the state, so we will resist every attempt to sell it out. If we see God is Good here, we will block this expressway.”

Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport, Mr Chibuzor Uwajeh blamed the divestment of the company on the workers, alleging that the workers were running the company aground.

Uwajeh said that the partnership with private sector will  make the transport company viable, alleging that Delta Line had failed to meet the objective for which it was set up.

 

 


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