Real Reason Why I Sacked Of Civil Servants Employed By Ikpeazu – Otti
The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti has directed the sack of civil servants employed in the state civil service between December 2022 till date.
About 7000 workers were alleged to be affected by the new directive.
However, the government in a memo made available to the public didn’t disclose how many workers were affected.
This is even as the government had in the past stated that it had discovered about 3000 ghost workers in the ongoing verification exercise being carried out in the state.
The Nation had reported that workers employed in the state civil service at the twilight of the administration of former Governor Okezie Ikpeazu were part of the people who have not received their salaries since the commencement of the ongoing verification exercise in the state.
The decision of the state government to sack the affected persons was contained in a memo signed by the Head of Service (HoS) Lady Joy Maduka dated 31/8/2023.
The three-paragraph memo read: “Following the ongoing reorganization in the Abia State Public Service and in line with the provision of the Abia State Public Service Rules Nos. O2801 and 02803, I write to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Abia State has directed the disengagement of all staff employed into the Abia State Public Service from December 2022 till date.
“However, any further directive(s) of His Excellency on this matter shall be communicated in due course.
“Please take appropriate steps to implement immediately and according to His Excellency’s directive.”
It will be recalled that about two days ago, some aggrieved workers of the Abia State civil service had stormed the office of the State Accountant General where they locked her and other staff out of the office in demand as to why their salaries had not been paid.
Meanwhile, members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have condemned the actions of the state governor, which they described as draconian and a witch-hunt of the previous government, which Otti sees nothing good in.