Sep 21, 2021

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Nasarawa Assembly suspends deputy minority leader over alleged employment scam

The spokesman for the assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced this during the House of Representatives negotiations in Lafia on Monday.

Zhekaba’s suspension came after the House of Representatives discussed the report of the House Education Committee of 366 teachers and 38 false teachers found on the civil service payroll.

The spokesman therefore set up an ad hoc three-person committee to investigate and report to the suspended member of the House of Representatives within two weeks.

“The committee recommended that Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, deputy minority leader in the House of Representatives, be suspended and an ad hoc committee set up to investigate his alleged involvement in the bogus employment Teacher.

“I am hereby setting up an ad hoc three-person committee to investigate its alleged involvement and report back to the house within two weeks.

“Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara, a member of the Awe South constituency, will serve as chairman of the committee, the Hon. Usman Shafa, a member of the Toto / Gadabuke constituency, and the Hon. Samuel Tsebe, a member representing Akwanga South, will serve as members of the ad hoc committee .

“While Mr Ibrahim Musa, Deputy Secretary of the House of Representatives, is the secretary of the committee,” he said.

“I cannot question his activities or involvement for the time being until the committee finalizes its findings. If you begin your investigation, I wish you every success, “he said.

Abdullahi said the House was not against hiring teachers, but for reasons due process was due to justice and fairness, adding that hiring teachers should be a regular practice.

The House agreed that the Director of the Bureau of Salaries, Mr Sulley Daheer, and other Wed Workers from the office will be transferred to other departments of the state treasury.

“A person with ICT skills and proven integrity should be assigned to the salaries office to pay the salaries of state officials,” he said.

The spokesman urged the state teacher’s management on s Service Commission (TSC) to fulfill their legal responsibility in the interests of the education sector.

He also called on the state government to conduct an independent investigation of the activities of MDAs to clean up the system.

Mr. Daniel Ogazi, chairman of the House of Representatives, said at the presentation of the committee report that the committee found that the syndicates raised between N50,000 and N100,000 to send bogus letters of appointment to applicants.

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Ogazi also advised the House of Representatives that the committee was in charge of the Department of Education, of the Treasury, the accounting officer who invited syndicates, including one of the victims, Caroline Barde, to appear before the committee.

Alhaji Tanko Tunga, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, moved the report to be approved by the was supported by the deputy minority leader.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved the report.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reported that on August 16, John Nuhu and Michael Adonye-Johnny, members of the Syndicates, when they appeared before the committee, admitted to having forged documents from the State Department of Education.

NAN also reports that Mr. Anthony Ladan. on Aug. 16, a senior accountant in the payroll office who added the names of 38 teachers to the state government payroll.