Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has made it clear that his administration has no intension to down-size or retrench the work-force of Imo workers or to slash their salaries.
The State Governor disclosed this to Journalists during an unscheduled visit to some of the parastatals and agencies in the state.
Governor Okorocha who disclosed that his administration determined to sanitize the workforce in the state, frowned at the nonchalant attitude of workers towards their job, especially on the areas of lateness to work and absenteeism.
“On my tours to some of the government establishments and parastatals, particularly, the Hospital Management Board, I noticed with dismay that most of the workers do not come to work, it appears that state government pays wrong people salaries. Some of the state hospitals I visited, there was no one on duty except one nurse and it is a hospital that is supposed to have 14 doctors. I am set to sanitize the system.”
Governor Okorocha urged workers to ensure that they are at their offices and regretted that the state government pays salaries to ghost-workers and dead people; adding that government would no longer tolerate the ugly act.
He urged the public servants to report any fraudulent activities in their various working place and decried on a situation where a local government staff keeps more than two job in the state; pointing out that such act would not be tolerated.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha called on workers to be serious with their jobs and justify their salaries.
He made them to understand that the Internally Generated Revenue of the state government is about the least in Nigeria as a result of fraudulent activities caused by the political appointees, senior staff of ministries, parastatals, local government workers; pointing out that his administration will deal ruthlessly with anybody caught in such an ugly act.
The state governor disclosed that his administration has concluded arrangement to tour round the ministries, parastatals and government agencies to checkmate the activities of workers in those various institutions and advised them to be at their work places for the benefit.
for: Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
23rd June, 2015