This Day (Lagos)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Civil Service Union Wants Sacked Abia Workers Reinstated

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has enjoined the Executive Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, to reinstate all non-indigenes in the state public service who were sacked by the state government.

In a letter signed by its Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, the union expressed regret that the state government has refused to reabsorb the sacked employees including Abia women indigenes married to "outsiders" despite pleas by the trade unions, religions leaders, royal fathers, human rights organisations, and other eminent Nigerians.

The union posited that the action of Orji was fundamentally flawed and urged him to reflect on what would happen if all the other 35 state governors decided to follow his footsteps by sacking all non-indigenes in their public services.

It noted that most metropolitan cities in the world were built by people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who converged in such places to create great civilisations and as such the Abia State Government should allow Nigerians including foreigners who wish to contribute towards the development of the State to do so without any hindrances.

Part of the letter reads: "It may well be that advisers to the helmsmen in Abia Government House subscribe to the pervading culture of impunity that is being entrenched in the administration of public affairs in Nigeria in which the "strong leader" must go on with a policy no matter the monumental opposition against it and in spite of its adverse effect on the citizens because to make a detour is tantamount to being a weakling.

"In our view the concept of an infallible leadership which ascribes to itself a transcendental divinity has become obsolete, anachronistic, and stands in direct antithesis to democratic ideals of the 21st century despite the plethora of sycophants cheering the "leader" to carry on," the letter emphasised.

"The union is aware that Abia State indigenes abound in other State Public Services for example Lagos State where a South-Easterner was currently serving second term as the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget. Your Excellency, Abia is styled as God's own State and we want to believe that in God's vineyard, people are supposed to be happy having life in abundance and not consigned into living with detestable policies that end up making their lives miserable," the Union stressed.

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