- I didn’t sack anybody – Former governor
Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has ordered the immediate reinstatement of about 3,500 civil servants laid off by the administration of ousted Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Governor Uzodinma approved on Friday, the release of their appointment letters, adding that they be remunerated as at when due.
The governor also directed the Head of Service, Camillus Chibuzor Nwagwu, to integrate the reinstated civil servants in the scheme of things, insisting that the government is poised to creating more job opportunities rather than disengaging the workers.
Ihedioha, on assumption of office as governor, relieved some civil servants earlier employed by his predecessor from 2015 to 2018, of their duties.
He also sacked the local government council chairmen and ward councilors elected during Rochas Okorocha’s administration.
But Ihedioha reacted angrily to Uzodinma’s claim that he (Ihedioha) sacked civil servants.
A statement by his spokesman, Aic Akwarandu, Friday night, faulted Ihedioha’s claims, saying he is misleading the people.
The statement read: “We have read that Governor Emeka Ihedioha sacked 3,500 civil servants employed by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
“Such claims are plain malicious and mischievous.
“There was never a time Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha fired any civil servant in Imo State. There were measures to regularize their employment through a committee chaired by a former Head of Service.”
“The outcome of that report is simply what has been implemented today by Governor Hope Uzodinma.
“Those at the helm of affairs must do their best not to distort facts, while trying to make political gains,” it added.