A'Ibom Govt To Conduct 2020 Promotion For Workers Before December Ending

The Akwa Ibom government is to conduct the 2020 promotion exercise for eligible officers in the state civil service before the end of year 2020. The chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Mrs Ekerebong Umoh, who dropped the hint during a courtesy visit on her by the leadership and members of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, (JPSNC), said the commission was working very hard to activate all the necessary processes for the smooth conduct of the exercise. Umoh stated that this was part of the efforts by the present administration to promote excellence in service whereby deserving civil servants statutorily due for elevation to the next grade level were promoted as at when due. She further emphasized that the gesture, which was coming forth in spite of the dwindling financial resources of the state, was a display of commitment to industrial peace and harmony, adding that such and more would serve as motivation mechanism for civil servants to be at their best at all times. While assuring that government would always be on the side of its workforce, the chairman however tasked JPNSC to sensitise workers on the need to be on the same page with government by handling their functions with renewed vigor, stressing the importance of timely submissions of accurate and up to date records to the Commission by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs), of government to forestall unnecessary delays and setbacks. The commission's boss appreciated the labour council for identifying with her by their visit and also applauded them for their cardinal roles towards the success of Governor Udom Emmanuel administration. Umoh assured that all issues raised by them have been resolved and that her doors are open to regular interactions with the labour unions. The chairperson of JPSNC, Comrade Tina Essien, said the visit was a mark of solidarity to Umoh on her recent appointment as chairman of the commission, as well as intimate her of issues affecting some categories of workers which, according to her, may throw up industrial disharmony with a view to seeking ways of amicable resolutions. She thanked the state government for fast-tracking the process of the 2019 promotion and the prompt release of promotion letters, noting that by this development, issues of backlog of promotions with its accumulated arrears are things of the past. ested in the purchase of Prado jeeps, stating that he was still using the old vehicle he recovered in 2016 when he assumed office as governor. The governor, who reiterated his commitment towards the industrialization of the state, asserted that his administration had laid a solid economic foundation with the establishment of many industries, completion of the 21 smart storey building for use by major oil companies, massive investment in agriculture for food sufficiency and the development of the aviation sector. The governor stressed that his administration would ensure Ibom Air boasts of at least seven aircrafts before he leaves office as governor. Governor Emmanuel, who enjoined the spiritual fathers to continue to pray for the sustenance of peace and prosperity of the state, decried the widespread of cult activities, especially in secondary schools and enlisted the support of the clergymen in stamping out the evil of cult infestation in our schools. While restating his government's zero tolerance for cultism with the disbandment of cult organizations in Akwa Ibom, the governor solicited further cooperation from church leaders to ensure moral values and godliness were emphasised and taught to dissuade the younger generation from participating in cult activities, ascertaining that "every single crime the government has busted, has root in cultism. In his remarks, the leader of Akwa Ibom State Spiritual Fathers of Faith, Dr. Sunday Mbang, assured that the forum was rallying church leaders against infestation of cultism in the society. Mbang praised the governor's bold step towards eradicating cult activities by disbanding cult-related organisations in the state, saying, "Your recent proscription of 26 cult groups in Akwa Ibom State could only have been courageously done by a man of faith, one who fears God. He prayed that, God who "used you to set the state free from these evil practices will remain a point of reference for a very long time. The prelate further stressed, "By this your godly, sincere, unadulterated and transparent action, you and the Spiritual Fathers in Akwa Ibom State are now on the same page on our resolve to sustain the sanity you have brought to our state. Aside from praying for the government, the Christian body has also launched a campaign against cultism, especially by those who were interested in political offices. The JPSNC chairperson assured that that they would intimate workers in various MDAs to be proactive in their official responsibilities so as to reciprocate government's gesture. Present during the visit were Mr Ekpedeme Akpan and Mr Iboro Udom, all commission ers of the commission, directors of administration and that of promotions, Mr Effiong Nicholas and Dr Emmanuel Afahanam, respectively. It also had the vice chairman of JPSNC, Comrade Emmanuel Ibote, secretary, Comrade Akamba Awah as well as other members of the council.

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