Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has issued a directive to terminate the employment of all civil servants hired by the previous administration in the past year.
The order also includes the reversal of promotions to the rank of Permanent Secretary made by the outgoing administration starting from January 2023. The affected individuals are required to return to their previous positions.
The sacking of these civil servants has been criticized by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who described it as unlawful, insensitive, and callous.
The PDP insists that the affected employees were lawfully appointed and demands a reversal of the directive.
The acting State Chairman of the PDP, Mr Isaac Mffo, expressed concern over the Governor’s actions, stating that the affected civil servants were legally employed and entitled to all rights and protections under the state’s labour laws.
He emphasized that such rights and privileges should be taken away with proper justification as the law prescribes.
The PDP also pointed out the insensitivity of Governor Alia’s actions, particularly in light of the economic mismanagement and insecurity experienced under the previous administration.
They urged the Governor to exercise caution and consider the hardships the state’s people endured.
The PDP criticized the Governor for implementing significant actions without proper consultations and engagement with the public, which they believe are essential in a participatory democracy.
The party called for the rescission of the sack order, warning that it could lead to legal battles that would not benefit the administration or the state.
They urged Governor Alia to reconsider his decision to prevent negative consequences and promote the state’s well-being.