[From BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
Abia Government has threatened to come down hard on public servants in the state who violate the Service Dress code.
To this end, the State Head of Service, Sir Onyii Wamah, has given public servants wearing dreadlocks and coloured hair-do till Monday, November 23, 2020 to remove them or face disciplinary action.
Wamah gave the warning in Umuahia Thursday at the end of the 2019 promotion, confirmation and conversion examinations involving over 800 Civil/Public servants, stressing that indecent/shabby dressings would no longer be condoned in the service.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer, Office of the Head of Service, Comrade Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe, on behalf of Wamah, said he has therefore urged Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Ministerial and Non-Ministerial Departments to monitor what their staff wear to the office so as to stop further degradation and ridiculing of the Public Service.
He admonished the workforce to divest themselves of dressings that portray them as highly insensitive, undisciplined and irresponsible officers, maintaining that as a role model, they should exhibit a high degree of decorum in all ramifications.
Wamah reminded them that as intermediary and purveyors of government policies and programmes, they owe it as a sacred duty not to defame, ridicule and bring government low in the estimation of the public.
The Head of Service commended the Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu administration for its resolve to positively turn around the Service and called on Public Servants to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing the Service and shun acts inimical to the Service.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Establishments and Pensions, Mr Okechukwu Ihedioha, disclosed that over 800 Civil/Public Servants were writing the examinations and thanked the state government for its unwavering commitment in ensuring that promotions are done as at and when due.