By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Disengagement letters from Niger public service for no fewer than eighty staffers, employees of Niger State Government, are to be handed out this week to employees found wanting following recent audit and employees verifications.
The phenomenon of ghost workers have remained a hydra headed snag in Niger state administration after administration.
Head of Civil Service in Niger state, Salamatu Abubakar who gave the hint while speaking with newsmen shortly after the state’s weekly council meeting, explained that earlier, the state government had raised a salary management committee to look into the anomalies in the state’s monthly wage bill where it was uncovered that some staffers had placed themselves on choice salary grade levels.
The Head of Niger Civil Service said the affected civil servants were from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies whose culpability in the gross misconducts were well established by the committee.
Earlier last month, a senior civil servant in the state was found to have placed one of his younger brothers, a commercial tricycle operator on monthly salary grade level 12 and was drawing salaries monthly from the state government even though he was not a government employee.
Salamatu Abubakar said the affected employees found wanting would be handed their disengagement letters as they have been dismissed from the services of the state government forthwith.
The state’s Head of Service while giving breaks of the ministries where the sharp practices were uncovered said the sham was wide spread.
The state’s Health Management Board has forty five culprits, the state’s Judiciary has twenty two persons involved in the sham while the state’s School of Health Technology, Tungan Magajiya has one culprit among others.
She disclosed that the state’s executive council had okayed the sacking of all those found guilty and has also recommended their prompt replacements.