Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has announced that the 2015 suspended civil service employment in the state will be validated within the next one month.
He announced this in Asaba when the new executive of the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) visited him in Asaba.
The over 2,000 civil servants were recruited at the tail end of the Uduaghan administration, but had their appointments suspended by Okowa via a letter with Reference number GHA 16 Vol VI/154 of 1st June, 2015.
The Governor said he had directed the state Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission to look into the suspended employment and identify the Deltans among the beneficiaries,
Okowa said the Head of Service and the Civil Service Commission would carry out a need assessment for the state and within the next one month those qualified would be recalled.
He disclosed that his administration would employ more workers to fill vacant positions in the civil service, and recalled that the government recently employed 1,000 teachers with the intention of recruiting more after an appraisal of their entitlements.
The Governor also announced that 100 Extension Officers would be employed to give a boost to government’s drive in the agriculture sector which would ensure food sufficiency, and generate employment for the people.
He congratulated the new NLC executive in the state, assuring that his administration would continue to partner organized labour to ensure a progressive state.
Okowa reassured the NLC that his administration would remain committed to providing infrastructure, and urged the state’s workforce to continue to do those things that would guarantee a peaceful state and create the enabling environment for investment to thrive.
The Governor commended organized labour in the state for its friendly disposition and for offering genuine advice on how to stabilize the government.
He said his administration was committed to paying the national minimum wage, adding that it would continue to fund the contributory pension scheme with a monthly release of about N1.3 billion.
Earlier, the state chairman of the NLC, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku, said the visit was to thank the Governor for his support for organized labour and workers in the state.
Ofobruku noted that the Governor had made some workers to become landlords in Delta State and provided a conducive work environment as well as approved the training and retraining of staff.
The NLC chairman commended the state government for pledging to pay the new minimum wage, the employment of 1, 000 teachers, payment of salaries and promotion of civil servants as and when due among others.