By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”AHEAD of 2011 general elections, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has advised civil servants to steer clear of politics and leave the business of politics to politicians.
Orji who spoke in Umuahia weekend, while addressing the state civil servants on May Day celebration also told the workers that he had fulfilled all the promises he made to them, noting, however, that those not yet fulfilled â€œare on the verge of being fulfilled.â€ He commended the workers for their understanding in the face of some challenges the government intermittently faced on account of the short fall in the funds accruing to the state.
â€œI expect civil servants to stick strictly to the tenets of the civil service. We hold firmly the mandate of the people and we will not condone acts capable of undermining our administration,â€ Governor Orji said.
Orji cautioned civil servants not to abandon their jobs to dabble into politics and urged them to be vigilant and watchful.
â€œNaturally, people will come to you, making promises that they have no plans on earth of fulfilling. Let us all use the eyes of elders to separate the wheat from the chaffâ€, Orji told the workers in a subtle campaign message.
He reminded the workers that an effective and responsive civil service is an integral component of a future and greater Abia State, saying that his administration remains committed to promoting the workers to the next grade level by improving their welfare, and urged them to work hard to move the state to the next level.
Meanwhile, labour in the state has called on the government â€œto take preparatory measures towards the implementation of the living wageâ€ being negotiated across the nation. Labour leaders in the state explained that the much expected living wage had been calculated on the minimum indices that can ensure food on the table of a man, his wife and four children.
Abia State labour leader, Mr Akabuike also called the state government to embark on the upward review of salaries of Permanent Secretaries, which according to him remain the lowest in the South East zone and had been kept in view since 2007.