2,700 non-indigenes of Abia State, who were sacked from the state civil service in 2011, have been reinstated by the state government.
The government sacked no fewer than 4,000 non-indigenes in the state employ, citing the state’s inability to pay the minimum wage as its reason.
Addressing the returning workers, who thronged his office on Monday to collect their reinstatement letters, the Head of Service, Chief Godson Adiele, said that Governor Theodore Orji considered their plight and ordered their recall.
Adiele further explained that the governor’s decision was informed by the significant improvement in the state’s revenue profile. He urged them to reciprocate the gesture by being of good behavior and dedicated to their duties.
“You are expected to go back to your former offices to start work without delay,” he told the jubilant crowd.
In their separate reactions, two of the reinstated workers, Messrs Dickson Ukpai and Ikechukwu Osueke, from Ebonyi and Imo states, respectively thanked the governor for his ‘’magnanimity.’’
They remarked that Orji, who is the Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum, ‘’has proved that he is the father of all Igbos.’’
They regretted that in spite of the sufferings they went through during the period of their disengagement, their state governments made no efforts to reabsorb them.
“The governor saw our plight on the streets and took pity on us and decided to reinstate us, while our own governor looked the other way,’’ Osueke said.
The recalled workers were expected to resume work on June 2, 2014 ‘’without any delay.”