Abia State Head of Service, Mrs. Ngozi Queen Obioma Ph.D, has warned that on no account should any civil/ public servant as well as retirees/pensioners appearing before any government agency for services, be coerced into paying any form of money not approved and receipted.
A release she personally signed and made available to newsmen by Mrs Adaeze Ralph Igbokwe, Director of Information, further warned that violation of this instruction would attract severe disciplinary actions.
The release partly read, “It has come to the notice of the HOS, that some civil/public servants, retirees and pensioners are subjected to undue extortion for the issuance of Gen. 35, processing of pension documents and other related matters in MDAs.
“Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Agencies are henceforth, directed to take full responsibility of the activities within their jurisdictions, as further violation of this instruction would attract severe disciplinary actions”.
This action according to the release was to maintain the zero tolerance for corruption and other related malpractice of which the present Administration of Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, is known for.