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I owe those that refused to show they are civil servants- Alex Otti

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No more state of origin in Abia- Gov Otti

Following letter from Nigeria Labour Congress, Abia State, that called on Abia State governor, Alex Otti, to pay civil servants 7-months owed salary or face industrial action, the governor said those owed refused to prove they are civil servants.

 

Governor Otti said this through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Communication, Dodoh Okafor, on Sunday, May 12.

 

Dodoh said Governor Otti called for verification of civil servants to sweep out ghost workers from the state civil service. He added that the new Labour Party administration identified that past administrations recruited many friends and family relatives into the civil service as ghost workers.

 

“The Gov. Otti administration has been very consistent in promptly paying the entitlements of genuine workers and pensioners.

 

“And there is nowhere in the release that NLC suggested that verified employees of the Abia State Govt are owed,” Dodoh added.

 

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A letter from NLC Abia State Council obtained by this medium alleged that for 7 months the new Otti administration has been owing some civil servants despite carrying out verification exercises.

 

“The State Council of Congress wonders on what happened to the first verification exercise in the State in which many workers are yet to be verified and their salaries withheld by government for over 7 months now,” NLC letter partly read.

 

In the five items demand letter, on Saturday, May 11, NLC said the decision of the state government to carry our verification exercise without the involvement of organized labour was wrong.

 

“That it is a slight for government to again organise such a sensitive programme for our members without recourse to Labour which is the umbrella body for the workers.

 

“That Labour views this exercise as retrogressive to earlier vision of the governor to fish out ghost workers from the system.

“That another verification exercise few months after the first one is anti-workers, considering the economic hardship the workers are going through with their meager salaries.

 

“That asking them to go on-line is another financial burden to the workers faced with various financial challenges.

 

“That the government should as a matter of urgency put the exercise on hold to avoid industrial crisis in the State.

 

“Therefore, the SEC-in session finally resolved that no Abia worker in the MDAs and the 17 Local Government Areas should henceforth present his or herself for any form of on-line verification pending when this Issue would be discussed between Labour and Government,” the letter read in part.