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Suspended Civil Servants Protest In Asaba Over Alleged Doctored Recall Of Members

Over 500 suspended civil servants Monday protested at the Office of the Delta State Civil Service Commission (DSCSC) in Asaba, Delta State.

The protest was not unconnected with the recall of 450 out of over 3,000 civil servants suspended in 2015. The list was released by CSC on December 20, 2019.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions, such as ‘Okwuofu Must Go’, ‘We Have Been Cheated’, ‘The List Was Doctored’, ‘We Need Our Jobs Back’, among others.
Chairman of the suspended civil servants, Comrade Regha Obus, in a communiqué, congratulated few of its members who made the list he referred to as doctored.
While he acknowledged the transparency of the committee set up by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to screen suspended civil servants, he lamented that the latter stages of the recall was manipulated and marred with irregularities.

While urging the government to review the list released by the CSC, he noted the vision of the state government of a corrupt free civil service just as he prayed the government to increase the figure and absolve all affected members as he alleged that names of genuine suspended civil servants were replaced with strange names.
“We have proves that the released list was manipulated by Dame Patience Okwuofu, who we perceived used her fingers to dent the transparency of this administration by including names of people who did not apply for the job in 2014.”
Threatening to take legal means to get back their jobs, he said, “we have evidence of prove of those who did not primarily apply for jobs who were reinstated, we will not relent to fight until justice is done.
“We know His Excellency is not aware of the malpractice that has taken place. 90 per cent of the original list was altered and unknown names, who did not apply for the job, were used to replace the ordinary names. There were also names that appear twice,” he asserted.
However, Permanent Secretary of the DSCSC, Mr Fredrick Yoro, speaking to the aggrieved civil servants, appreciated them for seeking rational means in their protest.
He promised that their complaints would be addressed on the presentation of the communiqué to the governor.
Earlier, while speaking to the suspended civil servants, Director of Recruitment, Promotion, DSCSC, Mr Ebegha Areweremi, lamented the situation, saying it was unfortunate the situation had gone thus far, even as stressed that the workers were fighting for their right, which he said was legitimate.

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