Akwa Ibom Government said 700 civil servants have been trained on Information and Communication Technology, ICT in the state. The state Head of Service, Mrs Cecilia Udoessien, disclosed this Friday in an interview with newsmen in Uyo.
Udoessien, the Head of Service since 2011, said that many civil servants had benefitted from various training programmes initiated by her office
She said that she had introduced into the yearly public service week celebration, essay competition and debate among civil servants on contemporary issues.
The head of service noted that many civil servants had improved themselves through the competition by reading regularly. Reacting to the allegation of her staying beyond retirement age in the service, Udoessien said that she had only spent 36 years and some months in the service.
She explained that she was due for retirement two years ago but the state government gave her one-year extension. “If the state government graciously gives me an extension, I cannot refuse the offer,” Udoessien said.
The state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, led by Mr Etim Ukpong had allegedly accused Udoessien of overstaying in service and representing a sectional interest.
The NLC also alleged that the immediate past administration, only recruited persons from a section of the state into the service at the expense of the others.
But in her response, Udoessien said that she started her service career in the old Cross River before transferring to Akwa Ibom after the creation of the state.
“Without sounding immodest, I have served diligently. I have been committed to my service and I have seen many administrations.
“The allegations against me are baseless, in the last administration of Godswill Akpabio, we tried to appoint at least one permanent secretary in each of the 31 council areas to ensure equal representation,” she said.
She denied knowledge any skewed employment policy to favour only people from one ethnic group.
Udoessien said that she did not have any hand in the recruitment of civil servants in the state, as there were statutory commissions responsible for recruitment.
Udoessien said that the current administration of Gov. Udom Emmanuel had set up a committee to examine complaints about the recruitment done at the twilight of the last administration.
She advised the people of the state to remain unity, shun ethnicity and tribalism while supporting the current administration to develop the state. NAN

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