Rivers State Civil Service Commission has refuted the allegation in some quarters that it was carrying out secret employment with the intention of bringing about a huge burden on the finances of the incoming administration.
Denying the allegation at a press briefing in Port Harcourt yesterday, chairman of the commission, Sir Ngo Martyns-Yellowe said that the commission lacked knowledge of any secret employment into the state civil service, informing that employment in the civil service were subject to rules and regulations .
According to him, employment of civil servants in the state could not be done without the approval of the state governor, following which vacancies would be declared publicly.
The commission chairman recalled that the last recruitment exercise into the civil service as far as the commission was concerned took place in 2013, declaring that between 2013 and presently, no employment had been done by the commission.
He said that: “The last employment was in August, 2013, and since then, there has been no other employment. The commission is still waiting for approval from the governor.”
Martyns-Yellowe said that the allegation was nothing but a cheap blackmail intended to rubbish the commission and the state government, as he called on the public to discountenance it.
He seized the opportunity to remind journalists on the need to verify information at their disposal before publication, saying this way, members of the press would not be used as a propaganda tool to spread falsehood in the state.
It would be recalled that the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had in a recent statement accused the Rivers State Civil Service Commission of carrying out secret employment with the sole intention of creating financial burden for the in-coming administration.