By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
A former National Adviser of Senior Staff Association Communication, Transport and Corporate Affairs, Comrade Elias Kazzah, has frowned at the way and manner civil servants in the country are disengaged without following due process.
“Some civil servants in the country have been made to face hardship and traumatic experienced leading to the death of so many that could not stand the storm,” he lamented.
Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna, Comrade Kazzah explained that some civil servants that could not stand the temptation end up in acts that are inimical to the peaceful coexistence and development of the country.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the plight of disengaged NITEL staff as a result of the failed privatization of the organization and denied of their pension payment.
“Mr President has approved and authorized the department of pension transfer to commence the verification of staff of NITEL for payment of their pension.
“We sincerely want to thank President Buhari for the human face he has shown to ensure the commencement of the verification for NITEL staff, whose predicaments have resulted to the death of many, while others are seriously facing all types of challenges in their lives and some, their children have since stop going to school.
“It was in view of the present situation that our first demand as NITEL union was that NITEL should not be liquiditated but should be revived because of its contribution to the growth of the country’s economy.
“It was governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai, then Director General, Bureau for Public Enterprise, BPE, that sold the idea to the then President Obasanjo without following the due process of ensuring successful privatization in the country,” he explained.
He observed that anything that has to do with civil servants welfare must be properly guided constitutionally to avoid any problem that may affect their wellbeing thereby affecting negatively the economic production of the society.
Kazzah enjoined former NITEL staff to give their utmost cooperation needed throughout the duration of the verification exercise in order to ensure its success.