This follows the All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) concern at the recent compulsory retirement of 14 Permanent Secretaries of the State Civil Service.Government said APC’s reaction confirmed some civil servants were indulging in partisan politics against the civil service rules prohibitingsuch.
“It is not in doubt that the immediate past administration led by Rotimi Amaechi politicized every agency of government and coerced most of the staff into partisan politics to retain their offices and positions which ought not to be,; said Jerry Needam, Rivers spokesperson.
“To allow the anomaly to persist is to legitimize a bad tradition and kill the civil service. You are either in service or in active politics. You cannot be here and there at the same time. That is the rule.
”He said if the allegation of the APC that the sacked Permanent Secretaries were party members, then Governor Nyesom Wike was right and should be applauded for “sanitizing the civil service which is the heart of government and should not be politicized.”
“The Party also notes that this should serve as deterrent to all civil servants irrespective of the party they may be supporting or affiliatedwith, to desist from such unlawful and unethical conduct,” said Needam.
Needam said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party in the state, similarly, lauded the immediate suspension of the activities of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency.Needam said this was necessitated by the need to resuscitate and sanitise the agency.
“The party also appreciates the understanding and good self conduct by the staff of the agency who have given kudos to Gov Wike to restructure the agency.”
– CAJ News