Nasarawa Assembly suspends director, others over ‘fake appointments’
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has directed the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Haruna Ogbole, to suspend Mr Sulley Daheer, the Director of Salaries Bureau.
The committee has also called for the suspension of all members of staff of the salaries department with immediate effect.
The suspension subsists pending the outcome of ongoing investigations into the fake employments of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee, gave the directive when the management of the Ministries of Finance, Education as well as the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), appeared before it in Lafia on Monday.
He further directed for the sealing of the office of the state salaries Bureau pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.
“We hereby direct the Commissioner for Finance to suspend the Director, Salaries Bureau, and all the staff of the salaries department, pending the outcome of our investigation.
“We have invited you to know how the names of the purported and fake 38 secondary school teachers had got into the pay roll of the state government.
“We are going to report our findings at the end of the investigation to the assembly for necessary action,” he said.
Ogazi urged both the Commissioners of Finance and Education to put their Houses in order to avoid wastage of government resources, as well as know in dept what is happening in their ministries.
“You have a lot of duties, responsibilities in your ministries in order to check and ensure that the right things are done at all times and that Nasarawa State government did not waste its money or resources,” he added.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Haruna Ogbole, and his Education counterpart, Hajiya Fati Sabo, denied knowledge of the purported employments of the teachers, as well as the directive for their inclusion into the payroll of the state government.
On his part, Mr Sulley Daheer, the Director, Salaries Bureau, said that he has not received any memorandum and has not given any directive for the inclusion of the 38 secondary school teachers into the pay roll of the state government.
He said that he did not know what was happening in his department as the head.
Mr Anthony Ladan, a senior Accountant in the Salaries Bureau, admitted including the names of 38 teachers into the pay roll of the state government without the directive from the Commissioner of Finance and Director, Salaries Bureau.
He said that he received a letter for the inclusion of the teachers’ names into the pay roll from Mr John Nuhu whom he knows as a staff of the Teacher Service Commission (TSC).
Ladan added that he did not know that John Nuhu has left the TSC when he brought the letter containing the 38 names which he claimed was from the ministry of education, through the commissioner for finance without knowing that the documents were fake.
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