Gov. Wike Orders Civil Service Commission to Complete Promotion, Employment Exercise in One Month

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sworn-in members of the State Civil Service Commission, and charged them to commence the promotion of civil servants across all levels immediately.

Governor Wike, who also mandated them to set up the machinery for the employment of the ten thousand Rivers youths into the State Civil Service, said both exercises are not political and must be completed in the next one month.

The commission, sworn-in at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday has Sir. Clifford Ndu Walter as the chairman with Venerable Richard Okpara, Barr. Osima Gina, Sir. John Pascal Nali and Chief Mike Elechi as members.

Governor Wike warned them against using their offices to witch hunt anybody, but should make sure that they do a thorough work.

The governor explained that when the new Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) leadership in the State paid him a courtesy visit last week at the Government House, he disclosed to them that the former NLC leadership was hostile towards the State, and made meaningful discussion almost impossible.

“Leadership can bring about progress. Leadership can bring about setback. Unfortunately, the then leadership of Labour was very hostile to the government and so we felt that we have to tarry for a while. Now that we have a leadership that is willing to work with government, those problems are now a thing of the past.

“So, you are to immediately start the promotion of our civil servants and compute the financial implications of that promotion, all levels of civil servants, no one should be discriminated against.”

On the employment of the ten thousand Rivers youths into the civil service, governor Wike told the commission to open up the process to allow more applicants to apply.

He also reminded the commission to take cognizance of the fact that some persons had applied earlier when the government called for applications.

Governor Wike urged them to write to every ministry and request for their manpower requirements which will guide them in the employment exercise.

The governor stressed that it is employment into the State Civil Service and every local government area must be accommodated and reflected in the personnel that will be engaged.

“And then, you must set up the necessary machinery for the immediate employment of our teeming youths. This should be done within the next one month, everything concluded.

“But let me warn you, and I have always said so, it is not for you to use it to witch hunt anybody.

“One of the things I’ve found out, I know people are looking for employment, but it must be done and thoroughly well and every local government must benefit from it because it is employment to the civil service. It is not employment to companies, no.”

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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