ROCHAS AND IMO JOBLESS YOUTHS



The advent of the Rochas Okorocha administration in 2011 was heralded by
jubilation. It was a mass movement of sorts. Most people, especially the
adherents of the Catholic faith, did everything to stop Chief Ikedi Ohakim from
returning to Government House, Owerri.

The grouse of the Catholic faithful against Ohakim was principally the
alleged manhandling of their priest by the security personnel attached to the
former Governor. Now that the chips are down, many have realized the truth but
the harm had been irreversibly done.

On assumption of office, Ohakim promised that he was going to engage no
fewer that 15,000 hands for varying services in the state. This looked
unrealizable but in a matter of weeks, his administration hired street
sweepers, tipper drivers, grader drivers, civil engineers, horticulturists and
others, who were engaged to plant and tend flowers, ornamental trees and
grasses.

Contracting firms that were working on some state projects also hired a good
number of hands. Private and public structures started springing up in several
parts of the state. Imo became a huge construction site of sorts.

The Ikedi Ohakim administration equally advertised for jobs for his
10,000-job offer. People applied, sat for the examination, got interviewed and
later given appointment letters and posted to relevant government ministries
and parastatals.

The situation remained until Chief Rochas Okorocha came on board as Governor
in 2011. His first broadcast sent cascading shivers down the spine of Imo
people. He summarily sacked the youths who were employed by Ohakim.

In a similar move, Imo State Rural Road Maintenance Agency, IRROMA, was
scrapped and most of the staff sent packing and into the overflowing job
market. The local government development centres, which was created by an
Act of the State House of Assembly, were similarly sacked. All the people
engaged in these establishments, including drivers, messengers, clerks and
technicians, were similarly laid off.

Irked by this development, beneficiaries of Ohakim’s 10,000 jobs dragged the
state government to court. They have so far given the Industrial Court sitting
in Enugu, a graphic account of how some of them resigned from their previous
jobs and came home to serve the government and people of Imo State. It was not
very clear at the time of filing this report, the extent the aggrieved
youngsters have gone with the court but the truth is that they have not been
recalled.

News which made the rounds midway into the saga was that the Governor
reacted angrily when members of the Civil Service Commission advised him to
re-absorb the sacked youths. The commissioners reasoned that if Okorocha was
still interested in sacking them, due process must be followed, including
issuing of queries.

Obviously not amused by this candid advice, Okorocha sacked a few
Commissioners in the Civil Service Commission, including Chief Analyn Nwaneri,
as well as suspended the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Austen Otuokere. This core
civil servant was never allowed to smell his office until he was later retired
from service by the Governor.

Reacting to the growing level of unemployment in the state, an Owerri based
veterinary surgeon, Dr. Godwin Offor, advised youths to stop looking for what
he termed “non-existent white collar jobs”.

While saying that there was no way government can employ everybody, Dr.
Offor however blamed successive administrations at the state and federal levels
for largely ignoring the agricultural sector.

“What will it cost to start a poultry, piggery or snail farming for these
school leavers? Apart from absorbing the unemployed youths, such agricultural
venture will help in no small measure to ensure food security in Nigeria”,
Offor opined

The
advent of the Rochas Okorocha administration in 2011 was heralded by
jubilation. It was a mass movement of sorts. Most people, especially the
adherents of the Catholic faith, did everything to stop Chief Ikedi
Ohakim from returning to Government House, Owerri.
The grouse of
the Catholic faithful against Ohakim was principally the alleged
manhandling of their priest by the security personnel attached to the
former Governor. Now that the chips are down, many have realized the
truth but the harm had been irreversibly done.
On assumption of
office, Ohakim promised that he was going to engage no fewer that 15,000
hands for varying services in the state. This looked unrealizable but
in a matter of weeks, his administration hired street sweepers, tipper
drivers, grader drivers, civil engineers, horticulturists and others,
who were engaged to plant and tend flowers, ornamental trees and
grasses.
Contracting firms that were working on some state
projects also hired a good number of hands. Private and public
structures started springing up in several parts of the state. Imo
became a huge construction site of sorts.
The Ikedi Ohakim
administration equally advertised for jobs for his 10,000-job offer.
People applied, sat for the examination, got interviewed and later given
appointment letters and posted to relevant government ministries and
parastatals.
The situation remained until Chief Rochas Okorocha
came on board as Governor in 2011. His first broadcast sent cascading
shivers down the spine of Imo people. He summarily sacked the youths who
were employed by Ohakim.
In a similar move, Imo State Rural Road
Maintenance Agency, IRROMA, was scrapped and most of the staff sent
packing and into the overflowing job market. The local government
development centres, which was created by an Act of the State House of
Assembly, were similarly sacked. All the people engaged in these
establishments, including drivers, messengers, clerks and technicians,
were similarly laid off.
Irked by this development, beneficiaries
of Ohakim’s 10,000 jobs dragged the state government to court. They have
so far given the Industrial Court sitting in Enugu, a graphic account
of how some of them resigned from their previous jobs and came home to
serve the government and people of Imo State. It was not very clear at
the time of filing this report, the extent the aggrieved youngsters have
gone with the court but the truth is that they have not been recalled.
News
which made the rounds midway into the saga was that the Governor
reacted angrily when members of the Civil Service Commission advised him
to re-absorb the sacked youths. The commissioners reasoned that if
Okorocha was still interested in sacking them, due process must be
followed, including issuing of queries.
Obviously not amused by
this candid advice, Okorocha sacked a few Commissioners in the Civil
Service Commission, including Chief Analyn Nwaneri, as well as suspended
the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Austen Otuokere. This core civil servant
was never allowed to smell his office until he was later retired from
service by the Governor.
Reacting to the growing level of
unemployment in the state, an Owerri based veterinary surgeon, Dr.
Godwin Offor, advised youths to stop looking for what he termed
“non-existent white collar jobs”.
While saying that there was no
way government can employ everybody, Dr. Offor however blamed successive
administrations at the state and federal levels for largely ignoring
the agricultural sector.
“What will it cost to start a poultry,
piggery or snail farming for these school leavers? Apart from absorbing
the unemployed youths, such agricultural venture will help in no small
measure to ensure food security in Nigeria”, Offor opined
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Rochas help our youth

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