By Jimitota ONOYUME, PH
RIVERS state government is to reduce its workforce. Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made this known at an interactive session with civil servants in the state.
The governor who placed the numerical strength of the stateâ€™s civil service at about 50,000,Â said some of them were idle because of the over bloated state of the work force.
He said the state would liaise with labour unions and other strategic stakeholders on the staff rationalisation.
â€œThe civil service is unnecessarily large. There are a lot of persons in the state civil service that have nothing doingâ€,Governor Amaechi stated, emphasizing that the state civil service was begging for reformation.
He directed the head of service and the department handling the automated salary system to ensure that genuine civil servants who were not captured in the process earlier are paid their salaries, as well as the arrears of promotion.
The governor, who also ruled out Christmas bonus to civil servants in the state, said henceforth, promotion in the state would be done purely on merit, and advised the workers to update themselves in their various areas of training to meet the changing times in society.