During a press briefing after the Executive Council meeting in Umuahia, Prince Okey Kanu, the state Commissioner for Information, revealed that the Abia State government has officially terminated the employment of around 7000 workers who were hired by the immediate past administration between January and March 2023. These employees’ names have been removed from the state payroll.
Prince Okey Kanu also highlighted that the termination has resulted in significant cost savings, amounting to about N600 million. The move was part of the government’s efforts to address the issue of illegally employed workers and ensure a more efficient and transparent workforce.
Furthermore, the ongoing biometric verification of state workers has exposed the presence of over 2,300 ghost workers, leading to monthly savings of over N220 million. The government remains committed to enhancing the welfare of workers and ensuring regular salary payments.
In light of the termination and cost-saving measures, the Government’s spokesman urged employees to show greater dedication to their duties. He sternly warned against using office spaces for personal business activities, emphasizing that such practices will no longer be tolerated.