The varied employees’ unions on the Mission 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 growth 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 employees 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 wish to thanks all for popping out en-mass to welcome our indefatigable Appearing DG. So much has been stated throughout the media area, quite a bit 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 one anyplace can soil his title 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 nice issues you might be doing, they’re conscious of the feathers you might be ruffling…”
Different union leaders, together with Tutorial Workers Union of Analysis Establishments (ASURI) Reform Group, and Affiliation of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCN), stated the Appearing DG was doing an excellent 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 nice 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 underneath growth, 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 collected 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.
In response to the employees in the course of the solidarity rally, “billions of naira has been embezzled in PRODA by contract rip-off, making the Establishment one of many Businesses in Nigeria that has failed the nation”.
“We must always ask, the place are the brand new instruments, pencils, trendy machines, carbonised coal, I.C engine, and hydro generators which tasks within the Institute had the tag. Additionally, we must always ask for the agricultural electrification tasks, street tasks, and so forth which PRODA executed from 2013 so far.
“These are points and questions that ought to name for solutions”.
The Union leaders alleged that in most tasks in PRODA, the earlier administration used cronies, relations and people within the Nationwide Meeting for such executions.
“The workers is praising the performing DG for his boldness to date in divulging the reality with out concern.
“98 p.c of workers of PRODA are completely satisfied for the liberation journey initiated by the performing 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 battle”.