Adamawa governor, Fintiri, sacks 5,000 workers over alleged improper employment

Adamawa governor, Fintiri, sacks 5,000 workers over alleged improper employment

- Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state sacks 5,000 workers employed by the previous administration

- The Adamawa state government advises civil servant employed between September 2018 and May 2019 to seek fresh employment

- Umar Pella, the state’s commissioner of information and strategy says the government no longer recognises people employed during that time period as its employees

The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has sacked 5,000 workers employed by the previous All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of Jibril Bindow.

The sacking of the workers was announced by Umar Pella, the state’s commissioner of information and strategy on Wednesday, January 28, after a meeting of the state executive council at the government house, Yola, Premium Times reports.

Pella advised civil servants employed between September 2018 and May 2019 to seek fresh employment.

He said a lot of irregularities occurred during the period they were employed. The commissioner stated that the government no longer recognises people employed during that time its employees.

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If you know you are in Adamawa and you are employed between September 2018 and May 2019, we are of the opinion that that period, a lot of irregularities took place and that the council today based on the recommendations of the committee which made available the report to us and upon which the white paper was based, it is confirmed that the employment at that period did not follow due process and the advice is that they should seek fresh employment," he said.

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Prior to the sacking of the workers, the government had in 2019 stopped the salaries of the affected civil servants over what it called improper employment and transfer of service.

The workers were finally sacked after the state executive council endorsed the report of a committee the government had asked to regularise employment and transfer of service in the state.

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Meanwhile, labour union, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has opposed the plan by the federal government to review the remuneration of political officeholders.

The TUC in a statement described the plan to review the remuneration of political office holders as a conspiracy that must not be allowed to stand, The Sun reports

The union said it was alarming that the revenue mobilisation, allocation and fiscal commission was planning to increase the remuneration of political office holders at a time when the country was struggling with debt and economic challenges.

It advocated for a Nigeria to adopt a unicameral legislature like some countries to cut the cost of governance.

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