Written By Francis Taylor
Warri_____ Delta ljaw born Niger Delta rights activist, trained journalist, Publisher and a professional blogger, Comrade Oyinbi Onduku, has officially terminated and resigned his engagement as Media Aide to the Delta State Taskforce on Environment, chaired by Hon. Sylvester Oromoni.
Onduku made this known to newsmen on Wednesday 4th May, 2022, while handing over his resignation letter to the Asst. Coordinator of the state taskforce, Hon. (Mrs) Rita Macmendie, at Governor’s Office Annex, Edjeba Warri, stated that his decision to terminate the job was as a result of lack of workers welfare, working over time, underpayment, unlawful deduction of salary, delay in payment of salary, insufficient operational vehicles, poor administrative management, frequent violation to management decision among other irregularities ongoing in the government agency.
Onduku reiterated that he does not regret in given up the engagement, noting that he cannot work in an environment whereby the opinion of insubordinate staff is not respected. He emphasized that in an organization when the top hierarchy go contrary to the laid down procedures, it is expected the administrative management intervene in other to put things right, but the reverse is the case in the state taskforce agency.
Speaking further, Onduku called on the listening governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, to as a matter of urgency intervene by creating enabling working environment for workers in the State Taskforce on Environment in the area of workers welfare, salary increment, provision of adequate operational vehicles amongst others, stressing that Deltans are suffering and smiling just because there is no good job in the state.
He said: ” How can you work in government agency from January to December and at the end of the year, there is nothing to show that you are working. No Christmas package for workers neither bonus to celebrate the festive season. Rather the management will be deducting your under paid salary in the name of absent on work day and whatever. When Civil Servants receive salary before 25th of every month, but taskforce salary will delay to come 8th or 10th of the beginning of new month. When asked why the delay, the management will be given filty excuses best known to them. As a graduate, receiving 35, 000 as monthly salary is a disgrace to my personality and my noble profession. I resume work by 8:am every morning and close by 5:30pm every day while other agencies and civil servants close from work by 4:30-5pm. That is working over time and the management doesn’t care to increase the workers allowance rather is to deduct your poorly paid salary. I never see in my life where in government agency if a staff did not go to work on Friday, and the management will deduct your salary from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
” That is an aberration, a taboo and poor administrative system. The agency also lacks operational vehicles whereby it exposes its staff (workers) to danger in a daily basis. I almost fell from back of hilux in one of the outings for duty due to insufficient utility vehicles to accommodate staff. The Delta State Taskforce on Environment is operating as a contract agency whereby a daily brick layer helper worker is even better than what is happening here in government agency. It is based on this premises, l have decided to resign in other to make good use of my precious time on other important private business than to waste my life and time in an agency that does not have workers welfare”, Onduku asserted”.
Meanwhile, Onduku also use this medium appeal to the Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, to create enabling environment for workers in the Delta State Taskforce on Environment agency, stressing that Deltans are suffering and smiling just because there is no good job in the state.
He appreciated Hon. Sylvester Oromoni, Chairman Delta State Taskforce on Environment for the opportunity to serve, praying God to continue to protect him and his family for more greater service to humanity.
Finally, Onduku extended his heartfelt appreciation to Hon. Trust Edumogiren, Sir. Igoh Akpojotor, SSA to the governor on Special Duties, Comrade Kingsley lweka, Coordinator Delta South/Central, Engr. Emmanuel Udoka, SSA to the governor on Security Matters, Hon. Rita Macmendie, Asst. Coordinator, Mrs. Rachael Obiren, (Superintendent Health Officer), Mr. Amaju Teju (Chief Accountant), Hon. Peter Diebroma, Hon. Frank Alale, Mr. Michael Oyimor, Joy Alamu, Mr. Frank Orogun, Ese Johnny, lnspt. Samson Ogbemudia, lnspt. Syrian, Mr. Emeka aka Yahoo Police amongst others of his former colleagues for their advice and encouragement during his stay in the taskforce, praying God to protect each and everyone of them to meet in a higher ground in the future, the statement added.