Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has announced the lifting of the longstanding embargo on employment into the state’s civil service.
He, however, said that the recruitment would start with those already engaged in his Youth-must-work programme.
Gov. Okorocha made the announcement when he received permanent secretaries in the state civil service who called on him at the Government House recently.
He commended the civil servants for organising a successful 2014 Civil Service Week and also said that his government would provide vehicles to convey workers to work to prevent lateness to work and ease the transportation burdens the workers face.
He directed the Head of Service to submit a list of senior officers who would be deployed as principal offers to ensure proper maintenance of some government projects.
Owelle Okorocha, who pointed out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is only concerned about executing projects and completing existing ones in the state, promised that the party would continue to be stronger and do more projects.
He commended the permanent secretaries for working as a team and for their belief in the rescue mission of his government.
Earlier, the Head of Service, Mr. Calistus Ekenze, said they were in the Government House to present a birthday gift to the governor and to thank him for approving the celebration of the 2014 civil service week in the state and officially invite him to the occasion holding on November 6, when he would be honoured by Imo workers.
He said that the week which kicked off Wednesday, October 22, would feature March past, football contests among ministries, including the Government House and House of Assembly, among other activities.
He thanked those who had provided cash and other logistics for the success of the event.
Ekenze praised the governor for renovating the state secretariat and improving the work environment for the civil servants.
‘The workers are happy and they are doing their best. We are solidly behind you and resolve in our minds you are going to succeed in all your endeavours,” he said.