1,400 LG workers sacked in Imo – NULGE

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  • As At least 6 people killed in blast at upscale Pakistan market, report says

One thousand and four hundred local governments workers in Imo were sacked last week, according to the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

The chairman, Mr Ndubuisi Uchehara, while confirming the sack on Thursday in Owerri, declared, however, that the union would not confront the state government over it.

“As a responsible union, we only act when the rights of legitimate worker are infringed upon.

“When you are an absentee worker, labour cannot protect you when you are visited with the right punishment.

“When you reside in Abuja and draw monthly salaries from a local government in Imo, such persons are not worth NULGE’s time and efforts.

“But there are also cases of people, who were wrongfully treated; the union is already handling such cases with Gov. Rochas Okorocha,’’ he said.

He expressed optimism that people with proven cases of injustice would have their situations addressed.

“Such persons should not panic; we shall put in everything to resolve their matters,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the sack axe hit workers from across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state

In the meantime, a blast in Pakistan left six people dead Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a local television station.

It’s unclear what caused the first explosion. But Reuters reported, citing a Pakistan official, the second explosion was caused by a tire blowout and not a bomb.

The first explosion occurred at an upscale restaurant in Lahore, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said. He said the blast wounded at least 15 people.

Pakistan has been on edge over latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed more than 125 people.

The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants.

In just one bombing, which was claimed by the Islamic State and which targeted a revered Sufi shrine packed with Shiite worshippers, at least 90 people were killed.

Nation with additional report from Fox