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80 Civil Servants Sacked in Niger State

NEWSMAN, Minna – Niger State Government has laid off 80 civil servants.

State Head of Service (HoS), Salamatu Abubakar, said that the State Executive Council approved the dismissal of the 80 members of its workforce over alleged fraudulent practices after it looked into the interim report of the staff verification committee, while also uncovering a fake commissioner for agriculture.

She said, “the dismissed workers, cut across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), adding that those affected reportedly placed themselves on salaries far above their grade levels”, ThisDay Reported.

“The state Health Services Management Board topped the list with 45 culprits, followed by the Schools of Nursing and Health Technology, one person each; Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, three; Ministry of Health, seven; Ministry of Education, one; School of Midwifery, one; School of Midwifery, Tunga Magajiya, two; and the state Judiciary, 22”, Abubakar said.

In answer to a question, the HoS said the committee also discovered that an office messenger was collecting the salary of a High Court judge in the state.

Meanwhile, the fake commissioner though has not been attending the state executive council meeting, it was discovered that he had been drawing the salary of the commissioner in the last two years.

The true identity of the fake commissioner was not disclosed on Thursday but the original Commissioner for Agriculture, Haruna Dukku, said at a post executive council meeting press briefing that “somebody has been collecting the salary of the commissioner for agriculture in the last two years”.

He said “The person makes it to look as if I am collecting double salary. What will I say if at the end of my tenure, the EFCC comes knocking and this thing has not been discovered before then?”

Dukku’s disclosure was to corroborate the interim report of the Staff Verification Committee set up by the state government to determine the actual number of workers on the state salary payroll.

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