The leadership of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) South East, has condemned the suspension of a female journalist in by the management of Imo Broadcasting Corporation over a Facebook post.
The journalist, Mrs Vivian Ottih, who had complained of 3 month unpaid salary of staff of the corporation by the state government on Facebook was suspended shortly after she gave birth.
According the National Vice President of the NAWOJ in the zone, Comrade Chibota Edozie, the action of the corporation was in bad fate, urging the state government to lift the suspension and clear the backlog of staff salaries.
She said, “More regrettably, the suspension is labour-related, based on her innocuous Facebook post on the three- month outstanding salaries of workers in the Station.
“Apart from the ill-timing of the suspension, which came shortly after Mrs Ottih gave birth, her claim on the outstanding wages has not been disputed by her Station’s management.
“We find the action of her indefinite suspension as hasty, high-handed and against all known labour laws.
We are persuaded to think that this action does not have the blessings of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Chief Hope Uzodinma because he won’t sanction such high-handed action.
“This is against the backdrop of the fact that this action would be an embarrassment to the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who, apart from being very close to His Excellency Hope Uzodinma, fought all his labour years, for what Mrs Ottih is being victimised.
“All women journalists in the whole of South East therefore call on the Director-General of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) to rescind this suspension and effect the payment of all the arrears of outstanding wages of workers in the establishment,” the statement reads.