Employment and promotion in the state civil service became a priority in recent times. With this interview with Gist team, chairman Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board RSUBEB Ven. Fyneface Akah speaks on the impact to the civil servants and society at large. Excepts:

One of the issues speculated by the state civil service has been that of denied promotion by the last administration. However, this administration without much delay has put up smiles in the faces of workers in the state. As the state chairman of RSUBEB can you throw more lights to this?

My name is Ven. Fyneface Akah, chairman Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board RSUBEB. Our executive governor His Excellency Sir Siminalayi Fubara GSSRS has actually proven something about his commitment to our human capital development and the inducement of effectual moral in the lives of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board in the way that we have done so much in ensuring that there is an enviable package distribution to staff. How did he try to achieve this within the first one hundred days in office? He inherited a personnel capacity development and mural inducement programmes from his predecessor our immediate past governor His Excellency Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and without winking at that he proceeded to bringing that into a concrete reality. It is on record today that in the period under review our governor His Excellency Sir Siminalayi Fubara GSSRS promoted the staff whose promotion regime had lasted cumulatively close to ten years. We have a generation of staff who have never been promoted for four to five years and another regime of staff who have never been promoted in the last three years when they were due for promotions.

He came on board and ensured that the promotion process were effectively completed and even without waiting for the boards and the relevant commissions of the Rivers State Government to issue promotion letters, he commenced the payment of the staff under the new salary scale as achieved in the quadruple promotions of some of them and in the tripartite annual promotions of others. As I speak to you now, the governor paid one hundred percent (100%) to all who were promoted in the period their full salaries in our sub-sector in the Universal Basic Education Board, full rights benefits in August and in September and what I mean full rights benefits, it is nothing short of N2.3Billion Naira paid to teachers and non teaching staff Rivers State Universal Basic Educations Board that’s a very commendable feat and that’s the reason we keep saying that we the teachers and the non- teaching staff of the UBE sub-sector are the one’s indebted to the governor, the Rivers State Government and the people whose children are committed to their charge for education because the government has done so much within the short period of time, within the first three months to make do the promises they made by the administration of the previous governor and running the continuity policy on government to ensure that they were paid their money. We are so glad for what he has done. Apart from the one’s he has done completing projects that boarder on educational infrastructural development in Rivers State. We commend him and we are also praying for him we know that God will continually support his vision to achieve all that he has in mind for the development of basic education in Rivers State.

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