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Abia Tackles NLC For Opposing Workers’ Certificate Screening



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The Abia State Government has defended the directive for civil and public servants in the ministries, departments and agencies and the 17 Local Government Areas to upload credentials online.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, while addressing journalists on the outcome of the week’s executive council meeting, defended the government’s stance.

He chided the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress for giving contrary directives to workers.

Kanu said the issue of uploading requisite credentials was necessitated by the government’s discovery of a lack of requisite credentials in the files of some civil servants and public servants, adding that the exercise was not another phase of verification exercise.

“The government discovered that some people don’t possess the right credentials and it was because some appointments were supposed to be made.

“The governor asked that the files of workers be looked through and those who are qualified to take up those positions should have their papers brought forward.

“It was during that process that it was discovered that a lot of people didn’t have their credentials,” he said.

The commissioner added that the state chapter of the NLC had been unfair to the government, which had committed to improving the welfare of workers in the state.

He, therefore, urged the labour union to retrace its steps, adding that its action would not promote a healthy relationship between the government and the workforce.

He wondered why the NLC, with unhindered access to the government, could not get clarification before taking the matter to the media

“We believe that the NLC in Abia State has not been fair to this government, and this is a government that has been committed to addressing the welfare of Àbia workers.

“This culture of rushing to the media to speak about the government or say things that are not quite palatable is not a very good one. It is not a culture that would promote a good working relationship between the NLC and the state government.

“As an institution, the NLC has access to the government, unimpeded access, and, as such, if there’s any issue or problem or some ideas that they need to provide, I still believe the NLC has access to the government to make its views known.

“The NLC association the upload of credentials with verification exercise, I don’t think it is the right thing to do,” the commissioner said.

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