by crossriverwatch admin
Cross River State Head of Service, Ntunkae Mary-Theresa Ikwen has disclosed that between 2012 and 2013, 1,074 civil/public servants retired from the state civil service while 9606 were promoted across board in ministries, departments and agencies in the state.
Ikwen, who spoke in Calabar on Thursday while briefing Journalists, explained that the number of those who retired was made up of 736 for 2012 and 338 for 2013, adding “we have successfully processed their retirement benefits and forwarded same to the office of the Accountant-General for payment.”
She said her office has rewarded, with various gift items, 20 Directorate staff and 17 non-Directorate staff as a form of motivation for service delivery while 21 staff were recommended to the Civil Service Commission for sanction over various gross misconduct.
Ikwen lamented that despite their effort at repositioning the state public service for optimal performance, the state was still grappling with challenges and “observable level of indiscipline among the workforce in the Service.”
She enumerated such challenges to include “unethical conduct such as absenteeism, lateness to work, truancy, corruption, frequent disappearance of public funds from point of withdrawal to MDAs and syndicated production of fake pay slips, changing of service record and irregular staff movement as well as resistance to postings.”
The HOS however said disciplinary actions ranging from dismissal, compulsory retirement, and deduction of misappropriated funds from their entitlements were meted out to indicted workers, in the hope that such steps and other mechanism put in place will help to curb these vices.
She added that her Office remains undaunted and focused to ensure the civil/public service meets the expectations of Cross River state people.
“The on-going reforms in the state civil/public service would continue to be vigorously sustained to enhance performance and productivity” she stated.
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