From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has suspended the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Mr Luka Zhekaba (PDP – Obi 2) for alleged involvement in the fake employment of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.
The House also directed Mr Anthony Ladan, a senior accountant, Bureau for Salaries who admitted including the names of 38 teachers on the state government pay roll without directive from the Commissioner of Finance and Mr Michael Adonye Johnny, a staff of the Ministry of Education to proceed on compulsory retirement.
The Speaker of the House, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi announced this on Monday in Lafia after the House deliberated on a report presented by the House Committee on Education on the recruitment of 366 and 38 fake teachers.
According to him, the House was not against the employment of teachers but that due process must be followed for equity and fairness, saying that the recruitment of teachers should be a periodic exercise.
He said: “Mr John Nuhu, a former staff of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Ministry of Information, who was also involved in the fake employment is to be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution.
“A person with ICT knowledge with proven integrity to be deployed to the Bureau for Salaries to take over the salaries of civil servants in the state,” he added.
He said the Director of the Bureau for Salaries, Mr Sulley Daheer and other staff of the bureau will be redeployed to other departments of the state Ministry of Finance.
He, therefore, set up a three man ad-hoc committee to investigate the suspended member and to report back to the House within two weeks.
“I hereby set up three man ad-hoc committee to investigate his alleged involvement and report back to the House within two weeks.
“Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, member representing Awe South constituency is the Chairman of the committee, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, member representing Toto/Gadabuke constituency and Hon Samuel Tsebe, member representing Akwanga South as members of the committee.
“While Mr Ibrahim Musa, the Deputy Clerk of the House is the Secretary of the committee,” he stated.
He called on the state government to conduct independent investigation into the activities of MDAs to sanitise the system.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Daniel Ogazi, while presenting the report of the committee said that the committee found out that the alleged job racketeers collected between N50,000 and N100,000 to issue fake appointment letters to the applicants.
On his part, Majority Leader of the House, Mr Tanko Tunga moved a motion for the adoption of the report and was seconded by the Deputy Minority Leader, Mr Luka Zhekaba.
The House unanimously adopted the report.