In a statement released on Saturday, the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, stated that the dismissal was effective immediately.
According to reports, Uzodinma instructed Ozumba to immediately deliver all necessary documents to the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
Although no reason was given for the dismissal, it may be related to the dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the governor.
On Tuesday, the NLC accused Uzodinma Government officials of disrupting its state congress and unleashing chaos on workers exercising their right to elect their leaders.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, declared the union’s indefinite industrial action in the state.
Ajaero stated that the NLC had instructed its state councils across Nigeria to prepare for the State Delegates Conference for the election of new leadership in all of the country’s council areas.
He claimed that the Imo State Government led by Hope Uzodinma “attempted to influence the outcome of the state’s elections” by bribing delegates to vote for their “preferred candidates.”
“The delegates resisted this interference by refusing the unholy offerings and bribes to vote for their preferred candidates,” he said.
The president asserted that the state government resorted to violence to ostensibly disrupt the exercise after the delegates rejected their offerings.
“When it became clear to the government and their thugs that their stooges were going to lose overwhelmingly in the elections, armed thugs descended on the delegates, inflicting various degrees of injuries on them, chasing them away, and stealing materials meant for the conduct of the elections, which was supposed to be the focus of the conference.”