Abia State Government Frowns At NLC’s Negative Directives On Upload Of Credentials For Civil Servants

...Explains It's Stand



Abia State Government has frowned at the statement by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) directing civil and public servants in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS ) and the 17 LGAS not to partake in the online upload of credentials directed by the government.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu made this public while addressing journalists on the outcome of this week’s Executive Council meeting.

According to the Commissioner, contrary to NLC’s views, the issue of upload of requisite credentials was necessitated by the government’s discovery of lack of requisite credentials in the files of some civil servants and public servants. He added that the credentials upload is not another phase of verification exercise.

“The government discovered that some people don’t possess the right credentials and it was because some appointments were supposed to be made. The governor asked that the files of workers be looked through and those who are qualified to take up those positions let their papers be brought forward.

“It was during that process that it was discovered that a lot of people didn’t have their credentials” Prince Kanu said.

Prince Kanu said that the Abia NLC has not been fair to the state government which has been committed to improving the welfare of Abia workers. He therefore urged the Labour Union to retrace its steps as its action would not promote a healthy relationship between government and the Abia workforce. He wondered why the NLC with unhindered access to government could not get clarification before taking the matter to the media

“We believe that the NLC in Abia State has not been fair to this government, and this is a government that has been committed to addressing the welfare of Àbia Workers.

“This culture of rushing to the media to go and speak about the government or say things that are not quite ‘palatable is not a very good one.
It is one that would promote a good working relationship between the NLC and the state government.

“As an institution, the NLC has access to government, unimpeded access, and as such if there’s any issue or problem or some ideas that they need to provide, I still believe NLC has access to government to make their views known.

“The NLC going back to associate upload of credentials with verification, I don’t think it is the right thing to do”, Prince Kanu stressed.

The Commissioner hinted that the perennial flooding for which Aba is known for, is fast disappearing courtesy of the intervention of the present administration.

He disclosed that 15 more road projects are on going in the state in addition to many already commissioned ones, adding that the newly reconstructed Dozie way road Umuahia would soon be commissioned following the completion of its drainage work.

The information Boss also made public that the grand breaking for the modular refinery cited in the Abia Innovation and Industrial Park, Owaza world be performed soon.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on media and Publicity Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma and the DG Greater Aba Development Agency Mr Uche Ekwuribe was part of the briefing.