By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano
Secretary to the Kano State Government (SSG), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, on Wednesday, inaugurated a Verification Committee to screen about 10, 800 civil servants employed during the last lap of the immediate-past administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The aim is to establish whether due process was followed, in their recruitment exercise.
Inaugurating the Committee in his office, the SSG said: “Recall that the present Administration had after its inauguration, inherited a number of challenges from the immediate past administration that currently have spillover effects on the state’s polity, which necessitated initiating measures aimed at addressing them.
“Such challenges include unwarranted deductions of salaries and pensions of civil servants and pensioners respectively, non-evacuation of refuse that littered nooks and crannies of the State, abandoned healthcare and emergency services, non-supply of diesel to support the street lights in the metropolis and so on.
“Other issue, which informed our gathering here was the last minute employment of over 10,000 Civil Servants without following the laid down rules and regulations governing employment into the civil service.”
He said government viewed this as an anomaly and therefore, resolved to set up a committee to study and review the entire process, with a view to determining whether or not the employment process was informed by the expressed manpower need and requirement of the affected MDAS or are just based on certain primordial considerations suggesting nepotism as alleged.
Bichi said other mandates assigned to the committee included compiling the list of the already employed staff as well as establish the financial implications on State finances and ascertain whether budgetary provisions were adhered to.
He said the committee also had the mandate to identify those already enlisted into the state payroll, sequel to their recruitment cum those that were yet to receive appointment letters following the stoppage of the exercise by the present government.
“Government expects you to use your wealth of experience to assiduously execute this assignment and submit report within two weeks from this date of inauguration,” he said.
The Committee headed by the Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Umar Shehu Minjibir, was given three weeks to complete their assignment.