Abia HOS Says The Best Time To Be A Civil Servant In Abia State

...Is Now, Explains How Permanent Secretaries Emerged 

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The Abia State acting Head of Service, Lady Joy Maduka says the best time to be a civil servant in the State is now as the administration of the State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR has many good packages in the offing for the civil servants.

Lady Joy Maduka stated in an interview with news men after the recent appointment and swearing-in of the first set of Permanent Secretaries under the leadership of Governor Alex Otti, OFR.

She said that the Governor is currently removing ghost workers and those who are illegally taking salaries without doing anything for the State. According to her, on completion of the verification exercise, the Governor would remove the so-called ‘Abia formula’ and ensure that civil servants received that which is due to them.

“The best time to be a civil servant is now because he (the Governor) has a lot of packages. By the time we are done with verification, then he would go back to, what am I supposed to pay these people? Is this thing the right thing to pay these people?”

The acting Head of Service emphasised that, by the time a civil servant receives what is due to him, including payment of salaries as and at when, releasing of promotions and other welfare packages, there would not be anything else the civil servants would be looking for again as they would have no other reason not to be satisfied with the civil service.

On the recent appointment of Permanent Secretaries, she said that it was done purely on merit as the Governor took time to examine the candidates himself without any influence or interference from anywhere.

Lady Maduka said that the Governor set the questions for the examination of the then prospective Permanent Secretaries and marked them himself and described him as a humble public servant and father of all, who did not consider tribal sentiment, State or LGA linings in the appointments.

“These Permanent Secretaries are not Permanent Secretaries that lobbied their ways. They passed through testing, series of interviews and they are going to be placed in their areas of specialization, she said.

“You could just imagine when an Edo man was appointed as a Permanent Secretary. It has never been done. So, what he did was just perfect. I pray that God will continue giving him more wisdom.”

The number one civil servant in the State enjoined the civil servants to endeavour to que into the ongoing reform agenda of Governor Alex Otti and cautioned that they would find it difficult if they fail to fall in line with his agenda.
” I also pray that these civil servants fall in line with his agenda for us . We will find it difficult if we don’t fall in line with his agenda”