- The government of Niger state has sacked 80 civil servants over alleged corruption
- Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, the Niger state head of the service, said the sacked civil servants were from different ministries
- Abubakar said the dismissed officers were involved in fraudulent acts of placing themselves on allowances above their status
No fewer than 80 civil servants in Niger have been sacked by the state government from the civil service for their gross conduct.
Legit.ng reports that the state executive council decision was made known to journalists on Friday, September 11, at the Government House Minna, during a post council briefing.
The Niger state head of the service, Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar, said the state government had set up a salary committee to unravel the affected civil servants who she said cut across all cadres.
She gave a break down of the affected ministries thus: one from the state ministry of education, 45 from the state hospital management board, 3 from the state primary health care development agency, 7 from the state ministry of health, 1 from the state school of midwifery, 1 from the state school of health and technology Tungan Magajiya and 22 from the state judiciary.
The council also noted that the dismissed officers were involved in fraudulent acts of placing themselves on allowances above their status in the civil service as captured in an interim report submitted to the state government by the state salary committee pointing out that the affected officers have owned up to their misconducts.
"The committee unraveled some officers in some MDAs who have fraudulently placed themselves on allowances beyond their current status and entitlements.
"The council approved the implementation of this report as submitted and has approved the dismissal of some 80 officers from service who were found wanting.
"These officers were invited by the committee and were also invited by their MDAs. They made the confessional statements as we speak, their sack letters are being prepared to be given to them," the statement said.
The council representative emphasized that the exercise of the committee is ongoing and that the state government is poised to repositioning the civil service to reduce and curtail wastages.
It was also disclosed that the government is currently conducting staff list analysis for possible replacement at the end of the exercise of the state salary committee.
The government had in a bid to purge the civil service, set up a salary committee to among other things work on the payroll of the civil servants with the view to sieving out anomalies that accompany the payment of salaries.
The committee submitted an interim report to the office of the head of service which also transmitted the same to the state auditor general's office from where it was presented to the state council where the decision was taken to dismiss those found wanting.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that two civil servants with the federal ministry of finance, and the ministry of agriculture and rural development were arrested.
It was reported that Bernadette Ihezuo works with the finance ministry while Cecilia Onyema works with the ministry of agriculture and rural development.
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