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Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2013

Delta Issues 30-day Ultimatum to Occupants of Govt Property, Moves to Avert Workers’ Strike


LAGOS NOVEMBER 12TH (URHOBOTODAY)-DELTA State Government has given a 30-day ultimatum to illegal occupants of the state Housing Estate in Ughelli to vacate same or face eviction.
Similarly, the government has directed all those that encroached into Delta Development Authority, DDPA, land, Ughelli, to quit within 60 days or face the same treatment.
Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, at a meeting with notable traditional rulers in the area, including the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Oharisi III and Ovie of Ogor, HRM Onajite Igere Adjara III, spoke on the decision of the state executive council to crack down on the encroachers.

He said that the State Executive Council had given approval for the eviction of illegal occupants of the houses and landed property with military men after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Akpeki said: “This is a follow-up to a meeting held with the traditional rulers of Ughelli Kingdom, where we deliberated on government property in their domain and solicited your support to assist us to talk to your subjects, who are occupying government land and property illegally.
“From information reaching us, illegal occupants of government property and land have refused to vacate them.
“I, hereby, convey to you the decision of government as approved by the Executive Council that all illegal occupants should vacate the place within 30 days and if they did not, they will be held responsible for their actions.”
In another development, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has waded into grievances of the public servants in the state, following the 14-day ultimatum the workers issued over “excessive taxation of workers’ salaries,” among other grievances.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and Industrial Relations, Mr. Mike Okeme, confirmed to Vanguard, yesterday in Asaba, government’s readiness to act.
He said: “As I speak, we are meeting with labour leaders later today (yesterday). We have the capacity to address the issues raised. You know our governor is labour friendly. We are meeting with them.”
Public servants in the state had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government, threatening to proceed on strike over what they descri-bed as “excessive taxation of workers’ salaries,” among other grievances.
The ultimatum was contained in a letter by the State Council of the National Public Service Negotiating Council (Union Side) to the state governor, endorsed by the state Secretary of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Mr. Lucky Edewor and leaders of seven other affiliate unions.
Source: Vanguard

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