Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has faulted the current employment of new teachers into the workforce of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, by the Rivers State Government , describing the process as ‘not only fraudulent, but a misplaced-priority and therefore, unacceptable.’
State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah, through his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, said the PDP strongly rejected the exercise which has resulted in adding about 500 persons to the existing number of staff to the institutions payroll, ‘inspite of the demonstrable inability of the current management of the school to service its current over heads and other operational cost.’
“The party is of the view that rather than venturing into that at the moment, the Rivers State government would have considered paying off the accumulated bills, salaries and allowances owed civil servants and pensioners, who have stories of woes and anguish following the failure of the Governor Chibuike Amaechi –led administration to pay them as and when due.
“For us as a responsible party, we do not see any moral justification in taking undue advantage of the jobless situation in our state, which is a creation of Governor Amaechi’s administration, by piling up enthusiastic job-seekers in the name of employment when the government cannot upset their monthly bills, neither does the institution have the carrying-capacity to accommodate such additional cost implication.
“In as much as we are determined to create jobs for our people and offer them the best of governance in the State, we will not encourage any institution to undertake any public exercise dishonestly and without due adherence to establishing rules and regulations,” the party statement read.
Continuing, the PDP said information received on the recent recruitment in RIVPOLY point to the fact that several things ‘are compromised and that the Rivers State Government is not genuine in its actions but playing to the gallery to sustain public support and acceptance.’
“We are baffled with the fact that inspite of the overheads due ministries, parastatals and agencies of government, which have been withheld since last year, the Rivers State government is still employing more persons without first paying those already in their employment,” the party said.