ASOPADEC GM, Mr. Joshua Onyike, reacts to workers' protest, stating that the staff who expressed their grievances are ungrateful | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The General Manager, Abia State Oil-Producing Area Development Commission, Dr Joshua Onyeike, has said that Thursday’s protest by some workers against him was an"irrational action”.

The ASOPADEC boss described the protesters as “highly ungrateful people”, who decided to repay his goodness to them with evil.

He said that among those behind the protest, he could only identify one Samuel Abel and Prince Nwala as members of staff, pointing out that many others were not known to him.

He said that there was an attempt by some persons to undermine the biometric verification because of what they were benefitting from the irregularities in the payroll.

He said that on his assumption of office, he observed that many people got their names into the payroll and were taking salaries without coming to work.

“When I assumed office, I noticed that not up to 30 persons were coming to work, they have been going about scandalising me and I am confused that they could go to the extent of trying to embarrass me,” Onyeike said.

He said that the commission had no fewer than 545 workers but pointed out only 200 had successfully passed through the verification process, which commenced on Tuesday, October 3.

He said that some people, who came for the exercise, declined to have their faces captured.

“If at the end of the verification only 200 persons were captured, it means that the remaining 345 are ghost workers, who have been drawing salaries fraudulently from the commission,” he said.

Onyeike, who is a priest, dismissed the allegation of high-handedness against him.

He said that only those who were averse to discipline, orderliness, truth and working to earn their salary would describe him as high-handed.

“This is because I come to office  before every other person and I ensure that they clock in when they come in the morning and clock out, when they close,” he said.

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