The 1,400 graduates recruited by the Zamfara State Government in 2014 have demanded payment of their 60 months’ salaries and other entitlements.
The workers, under the aegis of May 2014 Civil Servants Forum, led by their chairman, Lukman Majidadi, in a press conference yesterday, said in the past five years, most of them had had to live a life of uncertainty allegedly due to the neglect they suffered in the hands of the state government.
“After series of processes which included written and oral interviews and verifications a total of 1,351 young persons were cleared out of 8,000 applicants and were issued notification letters and posted to various MDAs in April 2014, but since then, not a single kobo was given to us as salaries”, Majidadi said.
Reacting, the state’s Head of Service, Muhammad Mujtaba Isah, explained that they were not put on payroll because of the dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the committee that carried out the recruitment process headed by the then chairman of state’s civil service commission, Ahmad Zabarma.
“Even though I was not the head of service when the recruitment took place at that time, we had another recruitment in 2018 and I told them that any of their members should come for automatic employment and they did come. So, as far as we are concerned, the matter pertaining to 1,400 is dead. It is closed,” he said.