Protesters

Sacked Delta line workers shut down commercial activities in Asaba

Commercial activities were crippled on Monday as the Delta Transport Services (Delta Line) sacked workers numbering 500 persons protested over their sack and non-payment of eight months salaries.

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The angry and hungry looking sacked Delta Line Workers while protesting blocked the popular and ever busy Asaba-Benin-Onitsha express way.

The protesters under the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees (AUPCTRE), who besieged the Delta line company head office along the Asaba-Onitsha express way as early as 8:00 am locked the company’s gate and barricaded the express way thereby creating gridlock that lasted for hours.

It would be recalled that Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa in August divested Delta Line company to God Is Good Motors Limited.

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The sacked Delta Line Workers armed with placards with different inscriptions like; “Okowa You Are Inhuman, Pay Us Our Eight Months Salaries,”, “Okowa Pay Us Our Gratuities, Pay Us Our Entitlements.”, “Ibru Did Not Sell, Ibori Did Not Sell, Uduaghan Did Not Sell, Okowa Don’t Sell Delta Line.” “God Is Good Must Not Resume In Delta Line.” “Okowa Deltans Say No To Second Tenure.” “Delta Line Is Viable” and “Okowa You Are A Failure” among others.

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The workers while accusing governor Okowa of playing clannish politics with the plight of the people, vowed fight take over of the company by the management of the God Is Good Motors until their demands were met.

According to one of sacked workers, Osakwe said “The management of God Is Good Motors Limited called us to Lagos for a meeting and told us that all the workers of Delta Line have been sacked. Everybody should reapply except those above 40 years of age. We also confronted him about our eight months salaries and all entitlements.

“After insulting us, God Is Good chairman Mr. Chidi Ajaere, told us that our eight months salaries and entitlements were not part of the deal he had with governor Okowa and directed us to meet our governor. He also told us that even in the MoU he signed with the governor last month in government house in Asaba nothing of such was mentioned.”

The protesters were turning the protest into violence when the anti-riot policemen shut tear gas canisters into the air to disperse the protesters.

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