The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Friday, held an interactive session with civil servants in Abia State.
The high point of the event was the unanimous adoption by civil servants in Abia State of a motion endorsing Mr. Ikpeazu as their sole candidate for the governorship of Abia State, in violation of civil service regulation which forbids them from dabbling into politics.
The session, which was held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium in Umuahia, saw the PDP candidate hold a frank discussion with the civil servants on their key challenges and areas of improvement from all sides.
Welcoming Mr. Ikpeazu to the event, the Head of Service, Abia State, Godson Adiele, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Common Service & Service Monitoring, Vivian Umah, thanked Mr. Ikpeazu for the idea of the interactive session and noted that he was the only governorship candidate in the Abia race who has deemed it fit to interface with workers noting that workers are a critical link in the chain of success of any administration.
In his speech, Mr. Ikpeazu assured the workers of his readiness to fashion out policies that would enable workers in Abia State own affordable cars and houses with lengthy pay back tenors.
He assured that if voted into office, his administration would prioritise the welfare of workers.
Mr. Ikpeazu pointed out that civil servants would be the key drivers of the bulk of his developmental agenda for Abia State and expressed his desire to strengthen key institutions of service.
He promised to place emphasis on training and retraining of workers to maximise their potentials and an overall agenda for the mordernisation of the civil service to plug leakages and ensure improved Internally Generated Revenue.
According to the PDP governorship hopeful, promotions and salaries are rightful entitlements of workers and not a favour done to them by anyone and expressed confidence that as soon as he comes on board, there would be a strong financial system to ensure workers receive their salaries on an exact date before the end of every month.
The event later became a question and answer session where the workers were given opportunity to express their concerns and elicit assurances and promises from the candidate.
Present at the event was the Gubernatorial Running Mate and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ude Oko Chukwu; State Chairman of the PDP, Emma Nwaka; PDP BOT Member, Empire Kanu; former Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Christopher Enweremadu; and the leadership of Okezuo Abia Campaign Organisation.