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Otti’s Committee On Civil Service Reforms Not For Witch-Hunt – Aide




Senior Special Assistant to Governor Alex Otti on Due Process, Dr Oluebube Chukwu, has explained that the recently- inaugurated Abia State Civil Service Reform Committee, was not to “witch-hunt anybody” but to ensure due process in the promotion and retirement of civil servants.

The nine-member committee chaired by Dr  Chibueze Ukaegbu has the State Attorney General , Ikechukwu Uwanna; the State Accountant General, Njum Onyemanam; Commissioner for Science and Technology, Emmanuel Oriaku;  Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chinedu Ekeke;  Rev. Father Christian Anokwuru; among others as members.

Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, Dr Chukwu said that the establishment of the committee was necessitated by the avalanche of complaints of fragrant abuse of due process and established civil service rules in the promotion of civil servants in the state since 2007.

He said that Gov. Otti recognised the crucial role “that a well-functioning civil service plays in translating government policies into actionable outcomes”, hence his decision to sanitize the system.

“The committee’s establishment is not aimed at targeting individuals, but rather at creating a better civil service for the benefit of all. This stance reflects a commitment to Due Process principles by ensuring that the review is not biased or discriminatory.”

On the role of the committee, he said: “The committee has been assigned the responsibility to scrutinize the current appointment, promotion, and dismissal processes, with the objective of refining and optimizing these procedures.”

 He also said that it was tasked with the responsibility of examining and addressing concerns related to pensioners, attendance, and overall discipline within the civil service.

“The committee is tasked with reviewing appointments, promotions, dismissals, and other relevant processes. This transparency helps ensure that decisions are made in an open and accountable manner.

“The committee’s mandate to review appointments, promotions, and dismissals from 2007 to the present day reflects a commitment to fair and equitable review. This process aims to ensure that decisions made in the past were in accordance with established procedures and that any inconsistencies or biases are identified and rectified.

Dr Chukwu expressed strong support for the initiative which according to him, will restore the dignity of civil service in the state.

“I strongly support this initiative as this step aligns closely with Due Process procedures in Government”, he said.

Continuing he said: “Due Process is a fundamental principle that ensures fair, transparent, and accountable decision-making within Government activities and the Governor’s action demonstrates a commitment to following Due Process by taking deliberate steps to review and enhance the efficiency of the civil service in the following aspects: Transparency and Accountability; Fair and Equitable Review; Inclusivity and Participation”.

He also commended the Governor on the composition of the committee from different backgrounds for equity and fairness.

“The committee is composed of a diverse group of professionals, including legal experts, government officials, and other relevant stakeholders. This composition ensures the inclusion of different perspectives and expertise in the review process. Involving various stakeholders is an essential element of Due Process, as it prevents decisions from being influenced by a single viewpoint.”

Dr Chukwu argued that the outcome of the review would contribute to the promotion of good governance, accountability, and effective decision-making within the Government’s efforts to reform the states civil service.


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Akwa Ibom Lawmaker Cautions Students Against Cultism



The Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Ekong Sampson, has advised secondary school students in the state to shun the practice of cultism as it can destroy their future careers.

He advised them to face their studies seriously, adding that great leaders of today never made it through cultism, but through a dint of hard work in educational pursuits.

Sampson, who is the Vice chairman of, the Senate Committee on Education, gave the admonition while celebrating his 57th birthday with the students at Saint Francis Secondary School, in the Eket Local government area of the state at the weekend.

Giving reasons why he chose to celebrate his birthday in the classroom, the senator said he is a product of education, adding that he became what he is because he took his education pursuit seriously.

While noting that education remains the key to a sustainable and successful life, the senator prayed that he would want to see them excel in their chosen careers, becoming medical doctors, engineers, pilots and so forth.

He said ” I’m here as a product of education, I have worked hard to promote education because without education I wouldn’t have been where I am today.

‘”Today, I am the Vice chairman Senate Committee on Education, I thank the Senate President, senator Godswill Akpabio, and my colleagues who allowed me to be involved in education in the Senate. The more we promote education, the more we tackle social vices that confront us such as insecurity and the rest.

“So, we must not leave education in the hands of government alone; every stakeholder should be involved in education. During my birthday, I go to school to teach. I have taught in  Mkpat-Enin school, last year, I was at Mbo, and today is the turn of Eket.

“We are thanking God that Akwa Ibom State is taking centre stage through a young man called John Obot, who has broken the Guinness World Record in marathon reading aloud. John Obot has become a national and international Icon.

“Don’t allow yourself to be involved in cultism because cultists cannot get to where I am today. Governor Udom Emmanuel is not a cultist, Senator Godswill Akpabio is not a cultist, President Bola Tinubu, from what I have heard is not a cultist; they all made it through education.

He promised to build a befitting staff quarter for the school and transform in the entire school.

The senator started the celebration with a lecture he delivered titled ” Imagination in Essay Composition: Unity in tenses at the end of which he donated a token to a few students who excelled in the spelling competition.

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Lagos Govt. Postpones Introduction Of HPV Vaccine



The Lagos State government has postponed the introduction of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPVV) campaign earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, for logistics reasons as informed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).

A new date for the introduction of the HPVV campaign would be announced later.

This was announced by the commissioner for health in Lagos, Akin Abayomi, a statement by Filade Olumide, deputy director, public affairs, LSPHCB, said on Friday.

“The State Government regrets any inconveniences that may occur as a result of the postponement. As soon as a new date is communicated to Lagos, members of the public will be informed accordingly,” the statement quoted Abayomi.

The Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases such as skin and vaginal warts.

About 19 per cent of women initiate sexual intercourse by age 15 thereby increasing the risk of HPV infection, the NDHS report 2018 says.

“Nigeria’s HPV vaccine introduction for girls of the targeted age nine to 14 years will potentially prevent 71,000 deaths annually.

“HPV vaccination at an early age is highly important as it provides the best protection. The objective of the HPV vaccination is to give all eligible girls injectable HPV vaccine into the arm, for protection against cervical cancer.

“Schools, churches, mosques, primary health centres, hospitals, outreach posts, markets, gated estates and other designated posts within the community have been earmarked as vaccination centres.

“In view of this, we solicit with all parents, guardians’ community leaders, pastors, and imams to ensure that all eligible girls are vaccinated during the campaign.

“Please note that routine immunisation services will also be available at the Primary Healthcare Centres all over the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State during the HPV vaccination campaign.

“The HPV vaccine is free, safe, highly effective and a lifesaver,” the statement said.

For enquiries, residents of Lagos state are to contact the Primary Health Care Department of their local government/local council development area or any primary health centre close to one.

“Please avail yourself of this information and share it with others,” the statement said.


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Kebbi Bans Mining, Shuts Down Sites



Kebbi State Government has announced a ban on all mining activities in the state.

Speaking to journalists in the state capital Birnin Kebbi on Friday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Yakubu Tafida, said the government took the action because of insecurity.

Tafida said the need to protect mining workers, and host communities and put in measures for revenue generation was another reason why the decision was taken.

He said the state government was not unmindful of the fact that mining is under Exclusive Legislative List, but took action after a thorough assessment of the current security situation.

He explained that the state government believes that it is important to prioritize the protection and security of its citizens and also prevent mining fields from being converted to breeding criminals by unauthorized foreigners.

This is because it has happened in other neighbouring states which they want to avoid.

Speaking further the SSG said the government had decided to address the concerns through comprehensive evaluation and enforcement of strict regulations that will promote responsible mining, safeguard the environment, enhance revenue generation and above all, secure lives.

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