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.”
Falsehood: Group Disowns Akaraka Nwaeze, Exonerates Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor
A socio-political group, Friends Without Borders has described as false and self-serving the claim by one Chief Akaraka Nwaeze that the Ohaneze Ndigbo in Ogoni has adopted Sen. Magnus Abe as their favourite for the March 11, 2023 governorship election in Rivers State.
The group in a statement signed by their Coordinator and Director of Publicity, Chief Bassey Outdor and Comrade John Egwim Nwokorie respectively, said at no time did they meet or any of their affiliates to discuss the issue let alone adopting any candidate as their choice.
According to the group, Chief Akaraka Nwaeze is not, and has never been the leader of the non indigenes in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chief Akaraka, they maintained, is an interloper who trades on lies for selfish interest, such as the one he has alleged against Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor and should be disregarded.
“At no time did Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor ask anybody to leave Bori neither did he say that the Ogonis are not qualified to produce the governor of Rivers State.
“Those were mere fabrications by Chief Akaraka Nwaeze to extract undeserved favours from his victims like Hon. Magnus Abe who appears to be cashing in on this falsehood to fan the embers of disunity between the non indigenes and their hosts (Ogonis),” they declared.
Friends Without Borders therefore appealed to the general public to discountenance the lies and falsehood being peddled by Chief Akaraka Nwaeze against the person and respected member of the House of Representatives for Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor who has done everything within his capacity to help the non indigenes and indigenes alike and remains committed to this cause.
“May we also re-emphasize that we remain committed to the cordial relationship that exists between the non indigenes in Ogoni and all the Ogonis generally. We reject any effort in whatever form aimed at using our platform, Friends Without Borders or any of our members to castigate or embark on any campaign of calumny against any person or politician,” the group declared.