Workers of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, who laidambush on the governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodimma and attacked his convoy, yesterday, have been arrested and paraded by the Imo State Police Command.
The Governor was said to be on his way to Obinze for an official assignment when the angry mob who have been protesting nonpayment of salaries for 4 months now without getting any due attention from the government, attacked the vehicles in the governor’s convoy.
Apart from protracted unpaid salary arrears, the governor has been accused of consciously avoiding to constitute a governing board for the oil Commission since the inception of his administration in order for him to have a perpetual stranglehold of the Commission’s funds as against the law and edicts establishing it.
There are also complaints that there is no presence of the interventionist agency in Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta, local government areas in Imo state where the agency is primarily meant to develop, because of the monumental hazard oil exploration that poses threat to their lives and environment.
While also protesting the current total electricity blackout in all the communities of the local government areas and halting of all ongoing developmental ISOPADEC projects in the areas because of the comatose status of the Commission under the watch of Gov. Uzodimma.
The workers who claimed to engaged the Uzodimma’s government on why they should not be part of government’s purported automated salary system for state civil servants, expressed surprised that the State Government went ahead and enrolled them, slashing their salaries above 80% to suit the state civil service order.
However, the Police who confirmed the attack on the governor’s convoy around Concord area of New Owerri in the state capital, disclosed that the workers did so with “locally made pistol and machetes” and “in the process, windscreens of some of the vehicles in the convoy were smashed and the vehicles damaged.