The Plateau State government has dismissed the officer who posed as commissioner and drew salaries and entitlements for that office.
Mr Yakubu Jang, the Special Adviser to Plateau Governor on Special Duties, confirmed this to newsmen in Jos yesterday.
“We discovered the officer that claimed to be a commissioner and dismissed him from service after a thorough investigation. We took him through the civil service disciplinary procedure and showed him the way out,’’ said Jang, who is also the chairman, Biometric Data Capture Committee.
He said the ministry of justice had been directed to prosecute the dismissed officer.
The special adviser described the situation as “very scary’’, and expressed surprise that an officer could engage in such criminality.
Jang said other officers involved in that incident are still being investigated to ascertain their level of their complicity and promised that none of them would escape justice if found culpable.
“Government is still doing its work to ensure that all concerned are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others,’’ he said.
He said the committee attained a high level of success in its efforts at cleansing the system and revealed that some of the discoveries were “simply disgusting’’. (NAN)
He advised civil servants in the state to place public interest above selfish desires, pointing out that, that is the only way to promote growth, stability and progress.
``But apart from seeking out and ridding the system of such bad eggs, we have also embarked on massive training of civil servants to enhance productivity and restore the pride that should be inherent in public service,’’ he said.
Jang also spoke on efforts to engage youths into positive ventures and expressed government’s commitment to restoring hope in the psyche of every Plateau youth.
``We have tried to make every youth useful to himself and the society; to do that, we have classified them according to the levels of their knowledge and have steadily engaged them. We have the graduates, the skilled youths and the unskilled ones, all captured in a data base. We try to engage them in assignments commensurate with their qualifications. When we award contracts, we encourage the handlers to engage youths according to their skills. We also try to advise the companies to employ some of such workers on a permanent basis if they found them worthy”, he said. (NAN)