Anambra sacks over 1,000 staff of water board

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Staff of the Water Corporation

THE appointments of more than 1,000 staff of the Anambra State moribund Water Board Corporation have been formally terminated by the state government.

The Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Emeka Ezenwanne, who confirmed the sack, said it was in line with the State Water Law 2015, which repealed the edict establishing the agency and conduct of staff. 

He said, the state government has issued a letter terminating the jobs of the former staff of the Corporation. 

The commissioner said: “They were sacked due to their general conduct, which is affecting the entire process including the unbundling processes stated in the 2015 Anambra State Water Law. After the garnishing, they have continued to make other efforts; we don’t know what they are up to.”

He noted that the state government was still providing water to the people through urban water supply and others.

A notice signed by one Rev Dr. P C Amanzechukwu said that the termination of the appointment of the staff took effect from 2015.

The notice titled, ‘Formal notification of the termination of appointment of the erstwhile staff of the Anambra State Water Corporation,’ stated: 

“I am directed to refer to the Executive Council’s directive of December 9, 2019 and to formally convey the notification of the termination of appointment of the erstwhile staff of the defunct water corporation with effect from June 2, 2015 based in the cumulative effects of the Anambra State Water Supply and Sanitation Law 2015 and reorganisation of the state’s water policy. 

“Please advice the staff to report to the ministry to collect their letter and take necessary steps to protect the moveable and immovable assets of the company.”

Reacting to the sack, a retired staff of the corporation, Mr Hilary Izuagu insisted that they were still employees of the civil service.

He said, “the state government is owing us salary from January 2012 to July 2020 and still counting. 

“I urge the government to abide by all the provisions in the state sanitation law 2015 and other extant laws of the land while dealing with us.”

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