Outrage as Adamawa governor pays self severance gratuity

Outrage as Adamawa governor pays self severance gratuity

- Jibrilla Bindow, the outgoing governor of Adamawa state is under fire

- The governor is being accused of paying himself severance gratuity a month before leaving office

- He is said to have denied former governors the same payment in the past

Officials of the Adamawa state transition committee have accused Jibrilla Bindow, the outgoing governor of the state, of paying himself severance gratuity a month before leaving office.

Solomon Kumangar, media aide to Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, governor-elect, revealed this to Sahara Reporters.

He said: “It is disappointing for us to hear that the outgoing governor has paid himself, the deputy governor and some select commissioners severance gratuity before the end of his tenure.

“This he did despite refusing to pay his predecessors, like former governors Boni Haruna and Murtala Nyako.”

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Officials of the Adamawa state government were not available for comments as at the time of this report.

Meanwhile, Governor Bindow has confirmed that he will implement the new national minimum wage of N30,000 before leaving office on May 29.

Speaking at this year's May 1st Worker's Day, Bindow assured workers that he would be the first governor to implement the new national minimum wage once it is gazetted by the federal government.

Bindow also claimed that during his four-year stewardship, his administration did not borrow a dime for capital projects.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, the Adamawa governor-elect, has constituted a 65-member transition committee to ensure a smooth take-over from the out-going administration of Bindow.

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Fintiri inaugurated the 65-man committee in Yola on Monday, April 1, saying the measure was necessary for smooth handing over by the out-going administration.

He said the committee should obtain the detailed description of the structures of government, its institutions and number of work force.

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