The Abia State Government has established a committee to reevaluate hierarchical advancements within the state’s civil service from 2007 until now.
This announcement was conveyed in Umuahia, as revealed in a press release by Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe, the Director of Information at the Office of the Abia State Head of Service.
The Committee has been assigned several key responsibilities, including reassessing appointment processes, promotions, terminations, and a comprehensive evaluation of the existing Civil Service framework. Additionally, they are tasked with formulating strategies to address pension matters and enhance overall work attendance and discipline.
Governor Alex Otti, while inaugurating the Committee in Umuahia, emphasized the indispensable role played by the civil service in implementing government policies and initiatives. He urged the committee members to carry out their responsibilities in alignment with the present administration’s objectives.
The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Kenneth Kalu, underlined that the establishment of the Committee is not intended to target any individual but rather to cultivate a robust, forward-thinking, and efficient service that contributes to the state’s holistic growth and benefits the populace.
Governor Otti also clarified that the Committee operates independently while also urging it to collaborate with the Office of the Head of Service to actualize the government’s objectives.
Head of Service, Lady Joy Maduka, echoed her office’s full support, particularly in furnishing valuable insights to expedite the completion of their assigned task.
In response, Co-Chairman Dr. Chibueze Ukaegbu expressed appreciation to the Governor for entrusting them with this responsibility and expressed a commitment to fulfilling their expectations.
Civil servants have lauded the Committee’s formation, especially those who might have been dismissed or discharged from service during the period under review. Nonetheless, investigations by Eyewitness9ja have indicated that instances of rapid promotions may also come under the Committee’s scrutiny.