The Rivers State Civil Service Commission, has denied rumours of secret employment of persons into the service.
Chairman of the commission, Mr Ngo Martyns-Yellowe told The Tide in an exclusive interview that the rumour was unfounded, stressing that all vacancies in the service are duly advertised.
He also said that the commission neither has the powers to employ nor advertise existing vacancies without the approval of the state governor.
Speaking on the recent verification exercise of civil servants conducted by the commission, the chairman, who described it as quite successful, however, said that the verification committee was yet to submit its report.
He noted that with the report pending, discoveries were however made to the effect that some persons ought not to have remained in the service.
The chairman lauded Governor Chibuike Amaechi in view of his excellent relationship with civil servants in the state.
He listed the implementation of minimum wage for workers in the state, regular promotion for civil servants as well as the regular training for workers as some of the areas which the governor has done well.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government is now set to retire four Permanent Secretaries and 58 Directors who have served out their tenures of four and eight years respectively.
The move is in line with the recent circular on the implementation of tenure policy of Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the state civil service.
Chairman, Rivers State Civil Services Commission, Mr Ngo Yellowe, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Tide on Monday, in his office, also debunked insinuations that the affected officers were being sacked with immediate effect.
Mr Martyns-Yellowe, who read out the content of the circular to the Tide said that the 58 Directors and four Permanent Secretaries would be served with a three month pre-retirement notice very soon.
According to him, the affected officers had served out their tenure as at January 1, 2013, and described as false the purported rumour that the situation was a witch-hunting exercise.