KDSG dismisses three Directors, others over land, hajj scandal

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna.

Kaduna State Government has dismissed three Directors of in the state Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA), and two others from the state Geographic Information Service, (KADGIS), for abusing the revised Millennium City layout.

Letters of dismissal signed by Mrs Grace Yusuf Bature on behalf of the General Manager KASUPDA, Saratu M. Haruna, have been delivered to Charles Akau Ibrahim, its Director of Urban Planning and Research, Adamu Aliyu Nuhu, Director Development Control, and Philemon Mairabo, Director Urban Planning and Research.

Their sacks followed the State Executive Council’s deliberations over a report of the committee that investigated the role of some staff of the former Ministry of Land, Surveys and Country Planning, KASUPDA, and some traditional rulers in distorting the revised Millennium City layout.

The letters read, “Sequel to your suspension from the service via letter No.PER/SEC.351/VOL.1/006 dated 31st May, 2016, I am directed to convey to you the State Council’s decision at it’s 17th Meeting held on 9th May, 2016 and to dismiss you from the service of the state Government with immediate effect.

“This is as per the report of the committee that investigated the role of some staff of Ministry of Land and Surveys and Country Planning, KASUPDA, and Traditional Rulers in the Revised Millennium City Layout abuse TPO.833 which indicted you.

“You are further directed to hand over all government property in your possession to the agency please”.

In another letter signed by Ibrahim Hussaini, dated 19th May, 2016, two staff of KADGIS, Mr. Jacob Makadas Kogi and Mr. Joshua A. Gambas were also suspended over abuse of Revised Millennium City Layout land.

According to the letters, “Further to council decision on the report of the committee to investigate the roles played by you and traditional leaders in the abuse of the revised Millennium City Layout (TPO.833), I wish to inform you that your appointment has been suspended with immediate effect and subsequent dismissal from the public service by the State Civil Service Commission. You are to hand over all government property under your custody to the surveyor general, please.”

The dismissal follows the directives of the governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai as decided by the State Council after its 17th meeting, which held on 9th May 2016.

It would be recalled that, as part of the state government’s effort in implementing its vigorous urban upgrade programme, numerous steps are being taken to reclaim government properties that have hitherto been occupied by illegal settlers, land encroachers and other offenders involved in illegal sales of these property.

 

In a related development, three staffs of the local government service commission in the state were also dismissed for defrauding pilgrims who paid for participation in the Hajj.

 

In a letter signed by Zakari Mohammed, Deputy Director Administration and Finance, dated 21st June, 2016, for the state Head of Service, it read, “I am directed to refer to your letter GH/KD/S/229/S.1 dated 7th March, 2016 on the above subject matter and to inform you that the decision of the State Executive Council to terminate the appointment of Abubakar Hamza, Saidu Baba and Balarabe Ilyasu for breach of trust, cheating, dishonesty and serious misconduct has been communicated to Local Government Service Commission and appropriate action has been
taken.”

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