Staff of the Rivers State
Traffic Management Authority (TIMA-RIV) under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), have called on the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi to sack the Acting Controller General of the authority, Mr. Confidence Obinna Eke.
The union which made the call last Monday at the agency’s headquarters in Port Harcourt in a 10-point resolution and made available to The Tide said, the Rivers State Government should take over the wage bill of the agency as enshrined in the law establishing the authority; Rivers State Road Traffic Law No 6 (2009) part V11 Section 57, Sub-Section 1a-e.
The constitution of a functional board to oversee the affairs of the Authority as stipulated in the Rivers State Road Traffic law No. 6 (2009) in part V Section 40 Sub-Section 1 and 2.
The immediate resignation of the Acting Controller General, Confidence Obinna Eke and the Head, Human Resouces, Gift Egboh and the appointment of an ex-military or para-military officer to handle the position of the Controller General among other demands.
Speaking to newsmen earlier, the Chairman and Public relations Officer (PRO) of AUPCTRE, TIMARIV Branch Mr. Ketuphel Igenewari and Comrade Chidi Ishmael Nyinye respectively said their action was not to cause problems but register their grievances on the high handedness of the Acting Controller General.
According to them, the gate to the office was locked by the order of the Controller General and not by staff of TIMARIV.
They further claimed that the Chief of Staff, Government House, Tony Okocha has since directed the Controller General to convene a meeting with management but close to one month he was yet to comply.
They further decried a situation whereby Senior School Certificate holders were heading graduates in the office.
On payment of their salaries, the union leader claimed that the government had released money for the payment of a backlog of four months owed them, but the TIMARIV boss was paying in piecemeal.
“The Rivers State government has released a backlog of arrears, about four months.
“Some persons are being owed nine months, some seven months, some three months”, they said.
While thanking the Rivers State Government for releasing the funds, they frowned at the mode of payment as some of them were only paid one month and others three months as against the four months.
One of the latest developments according to them was the order by the DG for pregnant women officers to resign from the Authority.
They emphasised that they were not on strike but were merely protesting so that the government and people of Rivers State would know what was happening in TIMA-RIV.
Some of the placards posted on the gate of the office read, “we are not politicians, but public servants, Eke must go, Eke is about to destroy Tima-Riv like he did to the defunct MOT,” among others.
However, when contacted on phone, the TIMA-RIV boss told our correspondent that “my reaction is that it is only the governor of Rivers State that can remove me and he will do that if he finds me wanting. My administration is pioneering positive changes, they should allow it to develop”, he said.
Staff of the Rivers State