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Ebonyi lifts embargo on employment, to recruit 3000 Ebonyians

Zara Nwachinemere, Abakaliki

Ebonyi state government has lifted embargo on employment into the state civil service.

The Governor, David Umahi, in 2018 during workers day celebration announced there would be no further recruitment of new workers in the state until welfare packages demanded by the state workforce were met.

He said that salaries of workers in the state could not really take them home and therefore would not recruit more workers till the situation is remedied.In 2019, Umahi during the May Day celebration, offered automatic employment to every first class graduate from the state.

The governor who had not given waiver for employment since inception of office in May 2015, noted it became imperative to employ those who worked hard in the university to make good grades because it will encourage others to work hard.

He said first class graduates cut across those who graduated from the state university and beyond, pointing out that it is to reduce the high rate of unemployment in the state.

However, Umahi, Friday, May 28, 2021, directed Commissioner for Human Capital Development, Mrs. Ann Aligwe, to liaise with  the Head of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, to facilitate the employment of 3000 Ebonyians into the state civil service.

Umahi also dissolved his cabinet. He relieved 83 members of the Executive Council of their job out of the 106 expanded members that make up his Cabinet.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Igwe Ugbala, announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council Meeting of May 28, 2021.

 “Today in the course of conducting the Council affairs, the Executive Council was just dissolved. The Council was dissolved, one is to give opportunity for the government to appraise the input of the different Ministries, Departments and Agencies so far and equally strengthen performances and capacity building in the work of MDAs,” he said

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