Posted by Osteen Oyibode, Asaba | 27 June 2015 | 6,797 times
Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday explained why the 2014/2015 Civil Service recruitment in the state was suspended.
In an address to the State House of Assembly, the governor explained that the exercise “violated established rules and regulations in the Civil Service.”
He added that “it was not logical that a State struggling to meet its payroll obligation should employ more persons.”
Dr. Okowa recalled that the previous administration “underscored the failure of the recruitment process when it suspended the Chairman and members of the Board of the State Civil Service Commission. In essence, if the process was faulty as they found out, the end result (the recruitment) could not have been otherwise.”
The governor described the suspension order as “painful and agonising” for him. He pleaded with the House Members to “explain to their constituents who were affected by the suspension order to be patient and understand that we do not mean them any harm. We just want to ensure that the right thing is done.”
While sympathising with those affected, Okowa said “you have my highest assurance that in the long term this decision is for the benefit of everybody,” stressing: “Sometimes, things have to get worse before they can get better.”
Governor Okowa had in a reference letter number GHA16 Vol. VI/154 of 1st June, 2015, placed all the employment carried out since January 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015 on hold.
•Photo shows Governor Okowa.
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