20th September, 2011
Workers and staff of Lagos State Water Corporation today defied the early morning rain to protest poor welfare and allegation of mismanagement and ineptitude of the corporationâ€™s leadership.
The workers led by the corporationâ€™s chapter of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation and Trade Recreational Employment, AUPTRE, vowed not to return to work until there is a change in the leadership of the corporation.
They called on the Lagos State government to remove the Managing Director of the corporation, Engr. Shayo Holloway.
The chairman of the local AUPTRE, Comrade Sayo Ogundare told P.M.NEWS that the Group Managing Director, Mr. Holloway had been at the helm of affairs of the corporation since 12 years ago.
â€œSince then, we have been agitating for the improvement of workersâ€™ welfare. Our salaries were always delayed till the following month. The GMD has failed to implement the conditions of service approved by the state government. Retirees of the corporation have not been paid their gratuities since January 2009 and he also failed to implement the Workersâ€™ Insurance Scheme despite collecting N3 million from the state government.â€
The protesting workers also accused Holloway of insensitivity to operational related issues.
They said rehabilitation of water works in Lagos State was a massive failure because of the ineptitude of the corporationâ€™s leadership.
They alleged that water corporation works like, Iju, Adiyan, Saka Tinubu, Ikorodu, Ajegunle and Badore are not functioning.
According to the workersâ€™ union leader, Ogundare, the struggle will continue until Holloway is removed as the group Managing Director of the water corporation.
One of the casual workers Abel Ayowale Samson said he had been a casual worker with others for about five years without being offered permanent employment whereas they were promised before engagement that they would be staffed after a year as causal workers.
A retiree, Surakatu Momodu, told P.M.NEWS that he retired from the corporation after 25 years in 2009 but up till now, his gratiuity had not been paid.
Victoria Ekpo, a neighbourhood security guard attached to the corporation also complained that for about four months now, the salaries of workers in her category had not been paid.
As at the time of going to the press, the Ijora Olopa head office of the Lagos State Water Corporation was under lock and key. The striking workers also blocked the entrance gate with a staff bus thereby making movement in and out of the office impossible.
The corporationâ€™s GMD, Shayo Holloway could not be reached on phone when contacted.
He did not pick his calls.
Holloway and the corporationâ€™s Director of Finance, Dada Adegboluji were arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrateâ€™s Court last week charged with conspiracy and stealing N87.9 million.
The defendants pleaded not guilty. The presiding magistrate, E. Ogunkanmi admitted each of them to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum. The matter was adjourned for mention.