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Anambra Assembly wades into sack of 44 ABS staff

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA – THE Anambra State House of Assembly has waded into the controversial sacking of 44 members of staff of the state–owned Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) with a view to correcting the alleged victimization of the affected staff.

Already, the House has passed a resolution urging government not to interfere with the day to day running of the radio station to enhance professionalism.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by the members representing Onitsha 1 constituency and chairman of the House Committee on Information, Mr. Egwuatu Ejiofor.

Shortly after the sacking of the staff, some of them alleged discrimination bordering on religion and in some cases, sexual abuse. Though it is almost one year their appointments were terminated, they have not been paid their benefits and those due for pension have not been receiving same.

Following petitions by some of the staff, the House of Assembly set up a committee to investigate the matter.

Part of the recommendation was that the Commissioner for Information should liaise with all relevant government bodies to speedily conclude disciplinary action on the rationalized staff in line with the civil service regulations, while those who were not found guilty of any wrong doing should be reinstated.


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