“Why I Suspended Civil Service Recruitment” – Okowa


 June 26, (Blank NEWS Online) – 

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has explained why the 2014/2015 Civil Services recruitment exercises in the state was suspended. 

In  his maiden address to the State House of Assembly on Thursday, the Governor explained that the exercises “violated established rules and regulations in the Civil Service,” adding 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 and 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 sympathizing  with those affected, Okowa said “you have my highest  assurance  that in the long  term this decision  is for the benefit  of everybody”, stressing that “ 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.

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