The 450 employees of the Lagos State Water Corporation who were not impacted by the exercise are feeling sad and scared.
According to information obtained by TheTimesonline.ng, the impacted temporary employees were taken aback when they received sack letters on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, along with a deadline for turning in all government property that was under their custody.
In an interview with Punch, an unnamed staff member revealed that many of the employees who were let go had been employed by the company for a number of years.
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The source added that in spite of the workforce shortfall, the state administration intended to reorganise.
She said, “Nobody knew this was going to happen. We were all shocked that a large number of people could be sacked in a day. Currently, these waterworks no longer have casual workers.
“One of my friends was affected by the decision. She has a family she is taking care of. She doesn’t even know where to start. She left the office weeping last week. Even if they are going to sack anyone, they should have given people more time to find alternatives.
“We don’t have enough staff. As big as this place is, only one person is left to clean it. There were many of us at the maintenance units before. They said they are restructuring, but how many staff will need to be sacked before this is accomplished?”
Speaking about the developments, Lagos State Water Corporation Public Relations Officer Kehinde Fashola acknowledged that several employees were let off due to contract violations.
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She said, “The government found out that the Lagos Water management contract staff members have not been in accordance with the contract appointment law. Some of them have been contract staff for 10 years and some for five years, which is not in accordance with the country’s labour law.
“The normal time is two years. So, the government is trying to correct any abnormality without any bias.”
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