Abia State Government Denies Notice for Employment Following Public Backlash for Sacking Civil Servants | #NwokeukwuMascot
|Dr Alex Chioma Otti|
Abia State Government in a statement signed by Governor Alex Otti's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma, has debunked the notice of employment circulating on social media.
The statement captioned "FAKE NEWS ALERT" by Mr Ekeoma said the purported advertisement circulating on social media did not emanate from the Abia State Civil Service Commission.
He wrote: “The attention of Abia State Government has been drawn to a FAKE advertisement being circulated on different social media platforms purporting to emanate from the Abia State Civil Service Commision with a claim that there's an ongoing recruitment exercise into the Abia State Civil Service.
“The government is constrained to state as follows: “The advert did not emanate from Abia State government; therefore it's FAKE and should be disregarded.
“There could not have been any recruitment when there's an ongoing verification exercise and reforms geared towards sanitising the Civil Service with a view to getting it rejigged in order to help drive the developmental policies and programmes of the present government.
“Any recruitment exercise into the Civil Service shall be approved by the Governor and announced on the state-owned radio station, the BCA, other radio stations and on the pages of major newspapers through the Civil Service Commision.
“Anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the fraudsters behind the advert should contact the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor or report to the nearest Police Station.”
The advertisement notice which earlier circulated on different social media platforms met with public criticism questioning the haste in sacking those employed by the previous administration.
However, Governor Alex Otti, in an attempt to justify the controversial layoffs, had earlier cited financial constraints within the state as the primary reason for the decision. Nonetheless, these justifications have done little to quell the public outcry.
With the debate surrounding the alleged denial of employment opportunities only adding to the existing tensions, it remains to be seen how the Abia State government will navigate this intricate situation and restore confidence among the people it serves.