The Ebonyi State Government on Friday announced the sack of 48 members of the state’s security outfit, Neigbourhood Security Watch, and the suspension of 27 members.
Dr. Keneth Ugbala, the Senior Special Assistant on Internal Security to Governor David Umahi, made the announcement.
Ugbaka said their offences included non performance and absenteeism from duty.
Ugbala said the affected persons consisted mainly of the newly recruited “Batch B” members of the outfit who were expected to justify the huge remuneration on them by the government.
He said: “They failed to meet the seven days out of one month compliance on attendance and for the fact that we don’t condone laziness in the state’s workforce, they had to be sacked.
“We gave them several warnings to change their attitude to work but they failed and we have commenced the process of replacing them.”
The governor’s aide noted that those suspended did not measure up to two weeks of attendance compliance required of them.
Ugbala said: “We hope that they will learn their lessons and live up to expectations or they will join those already sacked.
“No job opportunity is too small to be abused as they prayed to get it and should therefore be serious with it.
“Seven out of the 48 sacked members of the outfit were from the Batch A set, while the rest are from the Batch B.”
Ugbala directed all the sacked personnel to immediately return all the outfits’ properties in their possession, while those on suspension should face the disciplinary committee of the outfit.