- An employee of Ibom Air was sacked because of his support for the APC
- The airline is owned by the Akwa Ibom state government
- The employee appealed to the governor to look into the sacking and help get his job back
An employee of Ibom Air which is owned by the Akwa Ibom state government, Daniel Utomette, has reportedly been sacked for allegedly expressing support for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Premium Times reports that the employee was just employed for seven days as a catering handler before he was sacked.
Utomette was paid one month salary after his employment termination which was initiated following his Facebook post expressing support for the APC.
Idorenyin Eddie who is the human resource manager in Ibom Airline wrote in the termination letter: “This is to inform you that your services will no longer be required. This takes immediate effect."
Utomette said Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media aide, Aniekeme Finbarr, made a Facebook post accusing him of criticising the state.
He said: “Mr Aniekeme Finbarr made a post on Facebook, stating that I am an APC supporter and that I have been making obnoxious remarks against Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“This brother said there were no industries in the state, typical of how APC supporters talk. Today, he works at Ibom Air.
“Let politics not allow us run down the genuine effort of government in creating jobs. We only have one Akwa Ibom state.”
Utomette admitted that he made some comments on Facebook to express support for the APC governorship candidate in the state, Nsima Ekere, before the just concluded general election in the state but that he did not criticise the governor. He appealed to Governor Emmanuel who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party to intervene and help him get his job back.
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“I just want to make a passionate plea to the governor to look into this matter. I don’t have any other state other than Akwa Ibom. I know the governor is a father to all. I have gone to church to celebrate this employment, after being unemployed for more than six years after my graduation. I have no means of survival, I just want my job back, please," he added.
Recall that the Akwa Ibom state government launched an airline which will commence flight operations after the staff training, test run and the regulatory authorities have certified it fit to fly in the Nigerian airspace.
The airline known as Ibom Air was unveiled after several months of planning by the Akwa Ibom state government. The state government has reportedly disclosed that the airline would operate within Uyo-Lagos-Abuja routes.
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