Kano lays off 3,234 ineligible, under age staff recruited by Ganduje - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, November 24, 2023

Kano lays off 3,234 ineligible, under age staff recruited by Ganduje

The Kano State government has laid off not fewer than 3,234 ineligible staff including a 13 year old girl recruited by the immediate past administration of former governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje towards end of the tenure.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi made this known on Friday while briefing newsmen on the report of the 22-member committee set up by the government to ascertain the processes followed in recruiting the persons.

Dr. Bichi said the persons were ineligible to be in the state's civil service on the ground that some of them were underaged, junior and secondary school students while others were still undergoing the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC and some with forged certificate among others.

He however, said the government has also validated the employment of 9,332 others as their salaries will be restored back in a matter of time.

Recall that the state government had upon assumption of office stopped the salary of over 10,000 workers recruited by the Ganduje administration at the tail end of the government and set up a committee to verify the process of their employment.

According to the SSG, "Based on the observations and recommendations of the Technical Committee, His Excellency, the Governor owing to his concern and humane disposition has approved as follows: Reinstatement of a total of 9,332 staff that were found eligible by the committee. Proper placement and posting/deployment of eligible staff to relevant MDAs for optimal utilization should be undertaken.

"The Verification Committee Report was received by Government and its salient observations and recommendations were noted and accepted as follows:- That majority of the employments were not captured in the 2023 Approved Budget. That the employment did not take consideration of the actual manpower needs of the respective MDAs but was influenced by the desire to tie down the new Administration financially.

"Similarly, most of those employed did not undergo processes of screening and recruitment interviews as expected by the service regulations while significant percentage of those employed had neither applied nor indicated interest to serve which form major aspect of employment requirement.

"That a number of students in their active study years were also found to be employed, including students of junior secondary schools, senior secondary schools and some in their early stages of tertiary education while a number of persons recruited were found to be undergoing their National Service Program (NYSC). Equally, a number of person confirmed to be overaged or under-aged were found to be employed and on the State payroll.

"A number of those employed were found to have suspicious or forged certificates, while many non-indigenes were employed in spite of a large number of qualified unemployed indigenes roaming our streets. That those employed were wrongly placed through deployment to non-career post or the calling of their respective qualifications; and that there were gross where officers with higher qualifications attracting senior cadre were employed on the junior cadre of the service contrary to the needs of the MDAs and approval granted for such employments," he said.

The SSG added, "let me at this juncture, convey to you Government decision that from the total number of 12,566 across the 51No. MDAs screened, 9,332 Staffs were found to be eligible and were therefore approved for employment into the Civil Service of the State with a financial implication of gross monthly salary of N507,200,464.03 through the making of supplementary budgetary provision in 2023 personnel budget, which the house of assembly has already passed," Dr. Bichi however stated.

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