Abia Government Denies Reports of Mass Sacking of Civil Servants


The Abia State Government has refuted reports claiming the dismissal of 10,000 civil servants in the state, labeling such reports as false and baseless. Okey Kanu, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, clarified the situation in an interview with journalists in Umuahia.

According to Kanu, the state government implemented measures to address the issue of ghost workers and cleanse the civil service by removing the names of non-existent employees from the government payroll. Some individuals who were illicitly employed from December through March and April of this year were also affected by the verification process.

Kanu pointed out that these appointments were characterized by backdating of appointment letters, and they were essentially an attempt to exert undue pressure on the current administration. He emphasized that no responsible government would tolerate such practices.

Additionally, Kanu stated that there were no waivers granted for employment from December to April, emphasizing that established procedures for civil service employment were not followed.

He urged the people of Abia to disregard the false reports of the alleged mass dismissal of workers and reiterated the government's commitment to the welfare of both current employees and retirees, including the prompt payment of salaries and pension arrears.


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