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We’re Not Aware Of Sacked Civil Servants

We’re not aware of sacked civil servants, says Niger civil service commission

The Niger State Civil Service Commission has denied knowledge of the recent mass sack of about 726 civil servants in the state, saying the action did not emanate from the commission.

The commission, however, said the list circulating on social media, which was claimed to have originated from the commission, was doubtful and wondered who approved the dismissal list.

Members of the commission disclosed this when they appeared before the state House of Assembly Ad-hoc Committee on Salary Irregularities, adding that they saw the list of dismissed staff on social media, just like any other person.

Speaking on behalf of other members, Comrade Mohammed Erena said no issue of staff dismissal was brought to their table till the last minute they were in the office.

He explained that matters of such magnitude were not handled by individuals but the commission, which comprises of all the five members, including the chairman.

Erena added that the commission had never sat on the dismissal of any civil servant.

He reiterated that the only staff dismissed were seven out of the 83 recommended by the Panti Salary Management Committee, whose cases were treated within the purview of due process.

According to him, it is an aberration of the civil rules and privileges of civil servants for anyone to sit somewhere and dish out lists of civil servants and say they were dismissed without going through the civil service commission.

Erena said, “Up till the time we left office, to the last minute that our tenure expired, we have not sat as a commission to treat any matter such as the mass dismissal of civil servants and we have not directed the permanent secretary to do anything resembling that.

“The civil service commission, by law, is empowered to employ, promote, discipline and dismiss civil servants; and no authority has the power to do that except the commission. We didn’t do that to the best of my knowledge.”

The Chairman of the ad-hoc committee and member representing Bosso Constituency, Hon Malik Bosso, said it would be an abuse of power to sack civil servants without following laid down rules and regulations.

He noted that the permanent secretary of the commission confessed during her appearance before the committee that the order for the sack of the affected officers was an executive order from above.

Bosso maintained that there should be nothing like executive orders on matters that were clearly spelt out by laws and regulations, pointing out that if this act was allowed, then impunity would reign.

He said his committee had taken note of the submissions and would report to the house when it finished its assignment.

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Osun LP Guber Candidate, Lasun Rejoins PDP

Yusuf Lasun, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke made the announcement on Wednesday at the PDP presidential rally in Osogbo, the Osun capital.

“The former deputy speaker has joined the PDP family. He used to be in PDP, but today, he has decided to come and join the PDP family,” the governor said.

Lasun, who was present at the rally, hailed supporters after a terse remark.

Lasun had contested the 2022 governorship election in Osun on the platform of the Labour Party (LP).

Adeleke came first in the election; Gboyega Oyetola of the APC placed second; Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came third; while Lasun came a distant fourth.

He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until February when he resigned from the party after losing the party’s governorship ticket.

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I Can’t Contest For President Again; It Will Diminish Me- Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, has said he will never contest for the Presidency of the country again.

The Ex-president said it would amount to diminishing himself if he should decide to begin to lobby people and campaign for election again.

Jonathan said this in an interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday.

The book written by Nathaniel Bivan contains the accounts of the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Villa Chapel during the Jonathan administration, Obioma Onwuzurumba.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I am President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns; I can’t do that again. If I do that, I will diminish myself,” the former President said.

Jonathan said he enjoyed the drama that characterised the rumour earlier in the year that he had purchased a nomination form of the All Progressives Congress to enable him to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

Ahead of the June 2022 APC presidential primary, a group, Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi, purchased the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms in Jonathan’s name.

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NMDPRA Assures Nigerians Of Steady Fuel Supply

The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says the queues at filling stations will soon disappear as marketers commence massive loading of petroleum products.

Mr Ahmed Farouk, Chief Executive of NMDPRA, gave the assurance during a stock monitoring exercise within depots in Lagos on Wednesday.

The NMDPRA boss led staff of the Authority to NIPCO, Total, Aiteo, OVH, Conoil, 11 Plc and HOGL depots in Apapa for on the spot assessment.

Farouk said the stock taking exercise was to ensure availability and effective distribution of petroleum products across the nation to reduce queues at filling stations.

“The essence of this exercise is to ensure that the entire states are wet with petroleum products to avoid scarcity and panic buying by commuters during this period.

“As an Authority, we are doing everything within our powers to make sure that there are enough petroleum products in the system to help alleviate the sufferings of commuters.

“With the issue of scarcity across the nation, l found it necessary that NMDPRA come and ensure that there is even distribution of petroleum products across the nation, especially petrol.

“I am comfortable with the the load-out of petrol across the depots.

“The current distribution of petrol across the nation will address the issue of tightness in the market,” he said.

The NMDPRA boss said all depots in Apapa had products and were loading massively to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other states.

He said three vessels were also discharging petrol at Apapa jetty to MOMAN, DAPPMAN and other depots.

Farouk urged Nigerians not to panic and avoid panic buying, while assuring of availability of sufficient products at filling stations across the country.

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