By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia – ABIA state House of Assembly has passed into law a bill, establishing Abia state House of Assembly Service Commission, which will guarantee some level of autonomy to the workers of the state House of Assembly.
However, the passage of the bill was not without complaints by some people, especially civil servant from the neighbouring secretariat, over the refusal of the House to create a full fledged department for Information and Protocol, as is the case in other states and even in the National Assembly. The House left Information and Protocol as a mere unit.
The House has also passed a resolution calling on the Federal Government to â€œas a matter of urgency, rename the Defence Headquarters after Major-General J.T.U Aguiyi-Ironsiâ€, Nigeriaâ€™s first Military Head of State. The House further called on Governor Theodore Orji â€œto do more to immortalize and sensitize the achievementsâ€ of the late General Aguiyi-Ironsi.
In the House of Assembly Service Commission law, which is already generating controversy among civil servants, six departments were created. They include Legislative, Personnel, Official Report, Planning, Research and Statistics, Finance and Supplies and Legal Department. This means that in these departments, there will be provision for more than one directors, creating window of progression for the workers in those departments.
Again, if there is any position to be vied by directors, while other areas will present more than one directors, the unit will present only one director, a situation seen by civil servants as cheating on the side of the staff of the Information and Protocol.