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General News of Friday, 24 September 2021


No mass sacking of civil servants – Niger commission ex-board

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The former board of the Niger State Civil Service Commission has said it is not aware of any mass sacking of 726 civil servants in the state.

The board added that the list of sacked workers circulating on social media was suspect as nobody approved any dismissal list.Members of the commission stated this when they appeared before the state House of Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on Salary Irregularities in the state.

Speaking on behalf of other members, Mohammed Erena said no issue of staff dismissal was brought to their notice.He said the only staff members dismissed were seven out of the 83 recommended by Panti Salary Management Committee, adding that due process was followed.

He said, “Up till the time we left office, we did not as a commission treat any mass dismissal of civil servants and we have not directed the permanent secretary to do anything like that.

“The civil service commission by law is empowered to employ, promote, discipline and  dismis civil servants and no authority has the power to do that except the commission and we didn’t do that to the best of my knowledge.”The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee and member representing Bosso Constituency, Malik Bosso, said it would be an abuse of power to sack civil servants without following laid down rules and regulations..

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