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Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo who is the Commissioner for Health in Abia State, has dismissed as untrue and unfounded, news making the round that the state government has sacked all medical doctors in the state’s public service.
According to the Commissioner, ‘the purported sack is only the figment of the authors’ imagination as the government has no intention of sacking or disengaging any doctor or health personnel currently working to support our ongoing efforts at reviving the health sector in the state.’
She also stressed that no one has been asked to submit ‘fresh expression of interest’ as a fake circular directed.
Dr. Okoronkwo advised the doctors and members of the general public to ignore the rumour and support the several initiatives of the government at driving holistic healthcare delivery in the state.
In another report, the Abia state’s biometric verification of civil servants and public servants has led to the discovery of no less than 2,300 ghost workers, as revealed by Gov. Alex Otti.
Gov. Alex Otti, in his May 29 inaugural address, promised to prioritize timely payment of workers’ salaries and strongly declared his determination to eradicate the ghost workers syndrome.
As stated by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, in a press release, the verification exercise yielded substantial benefits, saving the State Government a noteworthy N200 million on its monthly wage bill.
The Eastern Updates had reported in the statement, the State Accountant General, Deaconess Njum Onyemenam, pointed out that the successful adoption of a unified payment system resulted in considerable savings.
Speaking after a meeting with the Governor, Onyemenam provided an update that the verification exercise is still ongoing, and the government is enthusiastic about making more savings.