Aggrieved workers of Kwara State Water Corporation under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) have passed a vote of no confidence in the acting General Manager of the corporation, Engineer Sheu Umar.
While accusing Umar of intimidation of staff, bad administration, sabotaging government effort in the ongoing rehabilitation of water facilities, the workers therefore urged the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to immediately remove the acting General Manager of the corporation and replace him with a progressive minded person with progressive policies.
This was contained in a joint statement signed by the Chairman, state water corporation branch of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Comrade Issa Olusesan and Secretary, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), state water corporation unit, Comrade Stephen Salako, and made available to Journalists in Ilorin today.
The statement alleged Umar of running a one man management and also making the atmosphere of working unbearable for staff. The statement added that the acting General Manager of the state water corporation was no longer fit to function as the helmsman of the agency, hence the need to find his replacement.
But in a swift reaction, the state water corporation General Manager accused the aggrieved workers of a ploy to cover up fraudulent activities involving some of their colleagues. He disclosed that some staff were suspended recently for stealing chemicals belonging to the corporation, adding that the theft has been going on for the past 25 years.
Umar added that the resistance of the aggrieved workers over the disciplinary measures taken against some staff for stealing and non-remittance of revenue due to the coffers of the state government was a case of corruption fighting back.