Gov. Okowa Directs Re-engagement Of 2015 Suspended Civil Servants

Delta State Governor, Dr. Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (left) and Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress Delta State, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, during a courtesy call on the Governor, in Government House Asaba. Photo: JIBUNOR SAMUEL.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Tuesday directed the State Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission to look into the 2015 suspended employment and identify the qualified Deltans who participated in the process.

The governor gave the directives in Asaba when the new Executive Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state visited him.

“Today, I met with the Delta State Executive Council of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), led by its Chairman, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku.

“At my meeting with the NLC, I announced that the civil service employment that was suspended in 2015 will be revisited within the next 30-days.

“I have directed the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission to look into the suspended employment and identify the qualified Deltans who participated in the process”, Okowa posted in his verified Instagram page. 

At the meeting, Governor Okowa said that the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission will do a need assessment for the state and within the next one month, those qualified would be recalled.

He said that his administration would employ more workers to fill vacant positions in the service, and recalled that the government recently employed no fewer than 1, 000 teachers.

“We need more than the 1, 000 teachers that we have engaged and when we look at their entitlements, we will engage more.

“We are also engaging 100 Extension Officers to give a boost to our drive in the agriculture sector which will ensure food sufficiency, and generate employment for our people.

“From the employment of the teachers, you will observe that quality persons were engaged to teach our children.

“The very best were taken because, in our employment drive, we are not only looking at the qualified persons but, those who have the knowledge to teach our children in the critical areas,” Okowa said.

He congratulated the new NLC executive in the state, assuring that his administration would continue to partner organized labour to ensure a progressive state.

He said, “I am ready to stay in partnership with the NLC, because you believe in partnership for results rather than agitation for results.

“There is a lot to be done in our state and we want to reassure you that we will continue to stay committed to providing infrastructure.

“Workers should continue to do those things they have been doing for us to have a peaceful state and the enabling environment for investment to thrive.

“Most times when you hear labour leaders speak, it is not on a friendly note, but in our state the organized labour unions are very very cooperative, they offer genuine advice on how to stabilize the government.

“I have always said that for us to succeed, the political class must work with the civil service; that is why we ensure prompt payment of their salaries and their promotion as and at when due.

“We thank God and earnestly look forward to the inauguration of the Central Secretariat Complex in the early months of 2020, because it will help us with coordination and shared services.”

He said that his government was committed to the payment of the national minimum wage, adding that as “it concerns the contributory pension scheme, many states are shying away from it.

“But, it is a very good scheme that came with a lot of challenges; as a state we spend about N1.3 billion monthly on pensions whereas, there are states that have less than N1.3 billion as their total wage bill monthly.’’

Earlier, Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Goodluck Oforbruku, had said that the visit was to thank the governor for his support to organized labour and workers in the state.

“Our dear Governor, you have made workers to become landlords in Delta State; you have provided conducive work environment and you have approved the training and retraining of staff.

“Your commitment to the payment of minimum wage once the circular is released; your employment of 1, 000 teachers, payment of salaries and promotion of civil servants as and at when due, among others, deserve commendation,” he said.