ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT ABOLISHES RETIREMENT EXTENSION FOR WORKERS.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
Apparently choked by the increasing number of the state’s workforce and its attendant challenges, Abia state government has directed all public servants due for retirement to immediately submit their documents for retirement.
Some workers in the civil service of Abia state are said to be serving an extension in the service on the approval of the governor.
Abia state government has continuously decried the burden of wage bill monthly, but decided to extend the services of workers for reasons unknown to the public, when it should have ordinarily brought a relief of salary payment.
Most of them have allegedly served extra one year or two years.
However, a recent civil service circular with no HSA/EST/RR/196/26, by Mr. Okechukwu Ihedioha, permanent secretary, Bureau of Establishment and Pensions, office of the Head of Service, tagged Re: Retention and Payment of Salaries to Retired officers/non-rendition of annual retirement rosters, directs directors/ Head of Administration of Ministers, Departments and Agencies to forward the annual retirement rosters to the office of the Head of Service.
The permanent secretary said there’s need for all those affected to strictly adhere to the service rules and make their submissions to the office of the Head of Service as no public servant is above the rules and regulations guiding the service.
The Public Relations Officer in the office of the Head of service, Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe in a statement, cited Mr. Ihedioha as warning that those who fail to comply will be sanctioned accordingly.
He also noted that it is dangerous for public servants to stay in office beyond their statutory retirement age which is 35 years of service and 60 years of age.
Consequently, directors of account are enjoined to work in synergy with the Heads of Administration in order to ensure that no public officer whose due date of retirement had been attained is pay rolled.
Investigations reveal that hundreds of such persons abound in various ministries, agencies and departments in the state service.