HardReporters can authoritatively report that all seems not to be well with the Ifeanyi Okowa led Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), administration in Delta state following series of condemnation and mixed reactions trailing his policies and programs which have been described as inhuman and anti-people.
Reports on our news desk indicates that another round of mass protest against governor Okowa is imminent and this time around its been championed by the over 700 workers of the Delta Line transport service recently sold out to God Is Good Motors by the governor.
HardReporters exclusively learnt that in a meeting held last week between the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Delta Line chapter and the
Management of the now owner of Delta Line, God is Good Motors, in Lagos, the Union was informed that workers will be given the chance to reapply for employment while those above 40 years of age will be fired.
The meeting which was preside over by the chairman of God is Good Motors Limited, Mr. Chidi Ajaere warned strictly that those above 40 years of age will not have place in the company.
On the issue of their eight months salaries, our Lagos correspondent was told that when the Union brought forward the issue before the Management of God Is Good Motors, the Union was told that the issue of outstanding salaries was not part of the MoU signed with the state government as such, the workers should meet governor Okowa and sort it out.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that before this new week runs out, a mass protest against governor Okowa would be staged by the workers as all necessary arrangement has been concluded.
Governor Okowa had sold Delta Line to his crony and owner of God Is Good Motors, at offer of N161 million and rejected the N2 billion offer by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Delta State chapter.
Governor Okowa during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), between God is Good Motors Limited and Delta Transport Company Limited expressed confidence that Deltans will have better benefits from the sales.
According to Okowa, since inception of Delta Line, it has not rendered returns to the coffers of the Delta State government despite series of government recapitalisation of the company.
“Since 1999, I have seen Delta Line grow and go down, it is because, we don’t have the expertise to run it profitably; every time it is down, government will recapitalise the company, but at the end, what we get is another set of debts to be paid, it is only an administration that does not care for its people that will allow such to continue.
“I am glad that after following due process, I believe we made the right choice by choosing God is Good Motors to manage Delta Line, they are efficient, professionals in the transportation business and they have well trained drivers. As the Governor of Delta State, I swore to do good and provide the best to Deltans and we shall remain committed to that course; I believe Delta Line will grow with time.”