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Niger State sacks 80 civil servants for fraudulent activities

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THE Niger State Government has approved the dismissal of 80 civil servants from the State Civil Service for gross misconduct.

  Speaking with journalists in Minna, the state capital Thursday, the Head of Service (HoS), Hajia Salamatu Abubakar, said that the State Executive Council has approved the dismissal of the 80 members of its workforce over alleged fraudulent practices.

  Explaining the circumstances that led to the dismissal, the Niger State head of the service, Salamatu Abubakar, told journalists that the state government had set up a salary committee to investigate the affected civil servants.

  The dismissed workers, Abubakar said, cut across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), adding that those affected reportedly placed themselves on salaries far above their grade levels.

  According to her, the state Health Services Management Board topped the list with 45 culprits, followed by the Schools of Nursing and Health Technology, one person each; Niger State Primary Health Care Development     Agency, three; Ministry of Health, seven; Ministry of Education, one; School of Midwifery, one; School of      Midwifery, Tunga Magajiya, two; and the state Judiciary, 22.

  Abubakar said the dismissal of the affected workers has been approved by the state executive council after it looked into the interim report of the staff verification committee, adding that the state Civil Service Commission has been directed to issue appropriate letters to the dismissed staff.

  In answer to a question, the HoS said the committee also discovered that an office messenger was collecting the salary of a High Court judge in the state.

    Meanwhile, the fake commissioner though has not been attending the state executive council meeting, it was discovered that he had been drawing the salary of the commissioner in the last two years.

  The true identity of the fake commissioner was not disclosed on Thursday but the original Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Haruna Dukku, said at a post executive council meeting press briefing that “somebody has been collecting the salary of the commissioner for agriculture in the last two years”.

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