Abia Govt dismisses report on sack of 10,000 workers

By Ihechinyere ChigemeriUwom
 The Abia Government has dismissed a report on the sack of 10,000 civil servants.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu, made this known in an interview with news men in Umuahia on Wednesday.
“The report on the sack of Abia workers by Gov. Alex Otti is fake and unfounded,” he said.
He said that the government  introduced certain measures to address the issue of ghost workers, adding that in line with its agenda to sanitise the civil service removed names of ghost workers from the payroll of the government.
“Some workers whose names were thrown up during the verification embarked upon by government  as  illegally employed were affected too.
“This group, comprises of those who were illegally employed from December 2022 up until March and April this year,”Kanu said.
He said that some of the civil servants that fall in this category  had their appointment letters backdated.
“The employment of these individuals can be best described as surreptitious and a bait used to pile  underserved pressure on the present administration, adding that no responsible government would allow  such a situation to continue,” he said.
Kanu also said that there were  no waivers applied in the  employment of workers from December  to  April.
He said there are established processes for the employment of workers into the Civil Service in Abia.
He said that due process was not followed with regards to the employments and urged the people of Abia  to disregard the fake story about the alleg  sacking of 10’000 Abia workers.
Kanu said that the  commitment of the state government to the welfare of the workers both those working now and the retired ones, remains unwavering, and further, reiterated the resolve of the government to pay all salaries  and pension arrears.(NAN)