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Finally Gov Fintiri  Sack 5,000 Over “improper employment” by APC Govt.

Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
After months of denial, finally Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state announced the sacking  of 5,000 workers employed by APC-led government of Muhammadu Bindo Jibril.
Our reporter gathered that the fate of these public servants  whose salary was suspended over alleged “improper employment and transfer of service” was  finally sealed as the state executive council finally endorsed a white paper report of the committee on regularization of employment and transfer of service in the state.

The commissioner of information and strategy in the state Dr. Umar Garba Pella who made the disclosure Wednesday, shorty after the state executive council meeting, advised those employed between September 2018 – May 2019 to seek fresh employment, as the government no more recognized them as its employees.

Pella said the white paper report of the committee shows that there were irregularities in the employment process during the said period.

“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 from 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 and we are willing to employment.

“We will ensure that regular processes are followed which is in line with the rules so that we can employ them and regularize the process,” he said.

In a statewide broadcast, a week after his inauguration, governor Fintiri has announced the dissolution of all chairmen of board and Parastatals, governing board of state owned tertiary institutions, and nullify last minutes appointments, recruitments and other hasty decisions taken by the immediate past administration in the state.

“For the avoidance of doubt all political office holders in the previous government are hereby relieved of their appointment with effect from Wednesday 29,may. These include commissioners, SSG, senior special advisers, special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistants and development areas administrators.

“Similarly all appointments made into the state judicial service commission, civil service commission, planning commission and board of the Adamawa state health insurance, chairman and members of the Jimeta ultra modern market board are hereby suspended,” the governor announced.

He further suspends all appointments made on or after 28th march, 2019 on ground of public interest as well as last minutes recruitments through mere waiver without observing the laid down procedures such as federal character.

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Following the announcement, the government stopped salaries of about 5,000 affected civil servants.

Months after stoppage of their salary, the government started issuing sack letters to affected staff of the state Polytechnic.

Spokesperson of the affected civil servants, Malam Faisal Baba, accused the state government of withholding their salaries for the past seven months and issuing sack letters without any justification.

He lamented the reluctance of the state House of Assembly, the organised labour and other relevant key stakeholders in prevailing on the state government to rescind its decision.

Baba stated that the way and manner the disengagement was carried out clearly shows that selfishness and political sentiments were the overriding motive behind the exercise.

He noted that despite the assurances of the state deputy Governor, that their case would be addressed when the workers protested on 2nd October 2019 at the Government House.

He said they will seek redress, “very soon we will embark on protest and also seek redress in court of law,” he said.

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