Abia Verification Excercise: Unverified Staff To Be Removed From Payroll
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Abia State Government says all unverified staff in the State Government employ will no longer receive salaries as from the end of this month.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture Prince Okey Kanu disclosed this while briefing the press in company of other government officials on the outcome of this week’s State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Alex Otti, OFR. He stated that it is expected that all workers in the State aught to have been verified by now having extended the verification excercise by two weeks.
Adding her voice, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Dr. Betty Emeka Obasi noted that the verification excercise started by July this year but informed that there are still some workers who were yet to participate in the exercise . She said the names of the unverified staff had been put up in the MDAs , adding that they are expected to submit their documents to their heads of establishments, who would in turn hand over same to the verification committee.
“We expect that everybody that is a staff in the State aught to have been verified. We have a good number of people that haven’t done that. Some didn’t appear at all ,some did and could not complete for various reasons”
She advised that “as many as found their names there , aught to have gone back to their MDAs like we said, take the documents backing their claims that they aught to have been verified to their head of unit. The head of unit should further send these documents to the body that is doing the verification”
Dr. Mrs. Emeka-Obasi announced that, “From this month ,if you are unverified you wouldn’t get a salary” she however said, “Because it is a government that has human face, we have decided to open it to the end of the year. You can still go back to your Ministry for corrections to be made”
The Senior Special Assistant revealed that government decided to yank the unverified staff off from the payroll because Governor Otti led government is compassionate, otherwise, the affected staff should ordinarily be prosecuted for taking salaries without being duly recognized as bonafide workers of Abia State Government.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu also announced that the 197 schools recently shut down by the State Government have been given a window of opportunity to get their act together, adding that those that meet the guideline may be reopend.
According to him, Government has set a target date for compliance, stressing that those committed to meeting the standard would be reopened.
“So Government is carrying out reforms, Government set certain standard. Government has a target base to ensure that all the schools in the State are complying but those in the private sector have not committed themselves in such a manner. The major reason government decided to shut down those schools is principally because of sub standard in their curriculum and quality of teachers and some of them because of environment. So that’s the reason we said those who are committed to changing the way they operate and are able to meet the standards that Government has set up, Government will allow them to get back to work”
He said that the Abia State Government would soon launch a Whistle Blower policy , which according to him would mark a significant milestone in the State Government’s effort to do things differently.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Uzor Nwachukwu said that the LGA Mayors would be sworn in on Thursday this week and expressed the hope that with their coming, the grassroots would begin to witness more development as funds meant for the Local Council’s would be used to work for them.