The assorted staff’ unions on the Undertaking Growth Establishment (PRODA), a foremost analysis establishment in Enugu, on Thursday, hailed the Appearing Director Common (DG), of the company, Dr. Fabian Okonkwo for exposing the deep-seated corruption and contract racketeering within the Institute.
They alleged that the Institute, which was previously the analysis and improvement arm of the defunct Republic of Biafra, earlier than the Federal Authorities transformed it to a analysis establishment after the civil conflict, had been bedeviled by corruption which was accountable for its stunted progress over time.
The Union leaders and staff spoke throughout a mini-rally to welcome the Appearing DG on arrival on the workplace after visiting a probe committee of the Home of Representatives in Abuja, alongside the board and administration of PRODA.
Chairman of Senior Workers Affiliation of Universities, Educating Hospitals, Analysis and Allied Establishments (SSAUTHRAI) in PRODA, Mr. Gabriel Ohiomi and leaders of different sister unions condemned the alleged witch-hunting of the Appearing DG of PRODA for exposing the rot within the analysis establishment.
Ohiomi stated, “We need to thanks all for popping out en-mass to welcome our indefatigable Appearing DG. Loads has been stated throughout the media area, so much has been stated to malign his individual however we stay unbowed and unbroken. He stands for the reality, our Appearing DG is a person of integrity, and no person wherever can soil his identify due to some highly effective individuals in politics who’ve curiosity in PRODA.
“That is to guarantee you that the entire inhabitants of PRODA is solidly behind you, they’re conscious of the great issues you’re doing, they’re conscious of the feathers you’re ruffling…”
Different union leaders, together with Educational Workers Union of Analysis Establishments (ASURI) Reform Group, and Affiliation of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCN), stated the Appearing DG was doing a superb job however that the suspended DG, Dr. Charles Agulana, who’s at the moment dealing with monetary probe, and a few federal lawmakers who’re alleged beneficiaries of contracts from the Establishment, had been working to scuttle the great works of the Appearing DG, “on the expense of Nigerians.”
It is going to be recalled that the analysis establishment has been dealing with industrial strife, allegations of official corruption and beneath improvement, which resulted within the federal authorities suspending the DG, Dr. Agulana and appointing Dr. Okonkwo to behave in his stead.
However the Home of Representatives additionally commenced investigations into the accrued rot within the Establishment resulting in the invitation of the Institute’s Appearing DG, administration and board; and the place the Appearing DG opened a can of worms together with allegation that some federal lawmakers had been main beneficiaries of unexecuted contracts within the institution.
Based on the employees in the course of the solidarity rally, “billions of naira has been embezzled in PRODA by means of contract rip-off, making the Establishment one of many Companies in Nigeria that has failed the nation”.
“We should always ask, the place are the brand new instruments, pencils, fashionable machines, carbonised coal, I.C engine, and hydro generators which initiatives within the Institute had the tag. Additionally, we should always ask for the agricultural electrification initiatives, highway initiatives, and so on which PRODA executed from 2013 thus far.
“These are points and questions that ought to name for solutions”.
The Union leaders alleged that in most initiatives in PRODA, the earlier administration used cronies, relations and people within the Nationwide Meeting for such executions.
“The employees is praising the appearing DG for his boldness thus far in divulging the reality with out concern.
“98 % of employees of PRODA are joyful for the liberation journey initiated by the appearing DG by revealing the secrets and techniques being hidden in PRODA,” they stated.
The employees displayed numerous placards with solidarity messages and sand solidarity songs, together with, “Freedom comes by wrestle”.