The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state on Monday described as anti-people and draconian the ongoing reform of the state government in the public sector, saying the redeployment and alleged sack of over 4,000 workers and seizure of salaries are wicked and should be stopped.
According to the APC, though preliminary investigation showed that the ongoing reforms are targeted at some selected persons in the state civil service despite unbelievable assurances, the recent circular issued by the state head of service, Revd. Thomas Zidafamor, to heads of affected parastatals and agencies to stop salaries of genuine workers is wicked, vexatious and anti-people.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), in a statement issued via email and signed by the state publicity secetary, Panebi Fortune, stated that despite the suffering of the state workforce, the party stands with them during these trying moments.
According to the Statement: “The leadership of the Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has lashed out at the skewed manner in which the restoration government is handling ongoing reforms in the civil service.
“The recent circular issued by the Head of Service of the state, Revd. Thomas Zidafamor, to heads of affected parastatals and agencies to stop salaries of genuine workers is wicked, vexatious and anti-people.
“We condemn the action of the Bayelsa state government and described Governor Seriake Dickson, as a Pharaoh, who is using his second term to cause pains and sorrow to families.
“We have observed the most wicked thing the government is doing in the guise of deployment after rounds of staff biometric verification calling the mass sack redeployment.
“We wonder if the redeployment was a routine exercise in the public service, why in the world would you direct the stoppage of salaries of workers being transferred from one ministry or agency to another point?”
The APC in Bayelsa state called on well meaning Bayelsans to prevail on Governor Dickson to immediately reverse this draconian decision, which has thrown the state into confusion.
“From the tertiary institutions including Niger Delta University to State Universal Basic Education Board, Radio Bayelsa, Bayelsa Newspaper Corporation and Niger Delta Television, genuine workers who have put in many years of active service have been sacked.”