Abia State government and the Central Bank of Nigeria, may be on a collision course over alleged non-recruitment of indigenes of Ibeku by the country’s apex bank into its branch in Umuahia, the state capital.
Already, the Abia State government has fired a protest letter to the Central
Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, urging him to ensure that youths from the land donor communities where the Umuahia CBN branch is sited were given preference in recruitment of workers into the junior cadre of the organisation.
The bank is one of the federal government agencies located in Ibeku land and it is alleged to have secretly conducted recruitment of staff into the Umuahia branch said to have since commenced operations.
The agitation by the Ibeku landlords for a better deal in return for their lands being acquired for development of the state capital came to the fore during the foundation laying ceremony of the new secretariat complex and International Conference Centre.
Eze Donatus Aguiyi, a prominent traditional ruler of Ibeku while breaking kola nut at the function, complained bitterly that their magnanimity in donating lands was not being reciprocated by government agencies, parastatals and departments which occupy such lands as their youths were being discriminated against in terms of employment.
Eze Aguiyi said the communities had expected that their good gestures would have been translated into ample job opportunities for their teeming youths but lamented that the reverse was the case. He, therefore, urged the governor to address the issue.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Theodore Orji said he has formally written to CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi, on the issue.
Though the governor did not disclose the content of his mail, it is likely he would push for recruitment of indigenes as junior staff of the Umuahia CBN branch.
“The complaint of the traditional ruler is genuine. The youths of this area (Ibeku) ought to be given preference during recruitment of workers,” the governor said in his Ibeku dialect, adding, “I have written to the Governor of the Central Bank that indigenes of this area must be recruited into the junior staff cadre of the CBN Branch in Umuahia. That is the right thing to do. That is why we are pursuing it.”