Chief Theodore Orji, has approved waiver for employment in the state civil service. In a fresh move to reposition the state’s economy, the State Executive Council had on Thursday the 31st of October, 2013, voted for a waiver to employ civil servants. The waiver for employment was approved during the state executive council meeting presided over Governor Orji which had in attendance the state deputy Governor, Sir Emeka Ananaba, commissioners and other top government officials.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, those to benefit from the waiver for employment are Abians especially youths and those who returned from the northern part of the country because of security problems in a fresh move to stem the tide of growing unemployment in the state.
Others to benefit from the waiver for employment are non-indigenes disengaged from the state’s civil service in 2011. It would be recalled that in apparent response to continued shortfall in revenue accruable to the state, the state government had placed an embargo on employment of civil servants . While Governor Orji’s policy decision pitched the state against fresh graduates desirous of employment, the big hammer fell mostly on no- indigenes who were disengaged to allow the state sufficient leverage to recover from an imminent financial distress. Governor Orji stated that an appreciable increase in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue has offered him an opportunity to absorb fresh graduates with special consideration for non-indigenes who were disengaged from the State Civil service in 2011. To this effect, the Governor inaugurated a committee headed by the state’s Head of Service Barr G.C. Adiele, Chief of Staff to Governor, Mr. Cosmos Ndukwe, Commissioner for Education and Commissioner for Youth Development, to work out modalities for a successful employment service. In a related development, the Governor has also inaugurated a Strategy Committee for the building of a model Airport in Abia State.