Zamfara govt vows to pay three months’ salary arrears, denies sacking 1,700 workers

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By Ifeanyi Nwannah

The Zamfara State Government has denied sacking 1,700 civil servants, describing the news as malicious, baseless and unfounded.

This was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mallam Abubakar Nakwada, after the executive members of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in the State paid him a congratulatory visit over his new appointment.

Nakwada further stated that the state government decided only to reverse the appointment of 14 permanent secretaries made by the immediate past administration of Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle shortly after the gubernatorial election in the state.

He berated mischief makers, who are mainly from the opposition party, and urged them to accept defeat and allow the administration of Governor Dauda Lawal to concentrate on repositioning the state from the mess, misrule and bad governance of APC administration in the state.

He assured the union leaders that the present government in the state is working tirelessly to ensure that civil servants are paid their three months’ salary arrears.

He solicited the support and understanding of labour leaders and, by extension, the entire workforce and the teaming populace of the state to further give the government a chance to deliver on its six core mandates that will lift the State to greater heights.

Earlier, the NLC Chairman in the state, Comrade Sani Halilu said they were at the SSG’s office to formally congratulate him on his appointment and to further open ways of mutual cooperation between the new administration and the union.

He explained that they welcome any decision of the state government that will sanitise the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, including any form of verification that will flush out abnormalities in the state payroll.

He then commended the state government efforts for restoring normal water supply to Gusau and its environs which involves the purchase of new water treatment machines.

The two permanent secretaries in the SSG’s office attended the meeting, Dr Lawal Hussain, Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs; and his counterpart of General Services, Alh Bashir Salihu Usman Mafara.

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