The State Head of Service Sir Onyii Wamah has directed the Acting General Manager of Abia Newspapers and Publishing Corporation Deacon Francis Nwogu to immediately suspend the salary of eight staff of the corporation who reportedly abandoned their duty without permission.
Sir Wamah who gave the directive during an unscheduled visit to Abia Newspapers stated that every public and civil servant must justify their pay by doing the job for which they were employed.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Common Services and Service Monitoring, Deacon Uzoma Isiakpu, the Head of Service said that erring staff must be sanctioned in accordance with Service Rules, pointing out that there is no sacred cow in the Service.
He appealed to management of MDAs to patronize National Ambassador Newspapers by placing advertisements in the newspaper to enable it to continue to publicize the programmes, activities and achievements of this administration.
Speaking the Acting General Manager of Abia Newspapers Corporation, Deacon Francis Nwogu thanked the Head of Service for the visit and used the occasion to itemize some of the challenges confronting the corporation.
Also speaking, the Editor -in-Chief of National Ambassador Mr. Kingsley Ugorji expressed gratitude to the Head of Service for promising to draw the attention of relevant authorities to the problems facing the corporation.
The Head of Service was accompanied on the visit by the Director of Information in the Office of the Head of Service, the Rev Ken Kezie Anyikwa among others.