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 Niger govt sacks top official for insulting commissioner

The Niger Government has confirmed the removal of Abubakar Kolo as the Secretary of the Niger state Transport Authority (NSTA) for allegedly insulting the Commissioner of Transport Hajiya Rahamatu Muhammad Yar’adua.

The Head of Service (HOS). Hajiya Salamatu Abubakar made the confirmation during an interface with the state House of Assembly committee on transport in Minna on Thursday.

Trouble started during the review of the 2021 budget performance and the screening of the 2022 budget of the ministry of transport by the house committee on transport on Monday.

The commissioner, Hajiya Ramatu Yaradua, alleged that she was insulted by the secretary during the screening.

However, Abubakar said the investigation was ongoing to unravel the truth, adding that the redeployment was not a punishment.

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Speaking, Mr. Ahmed Marafa, a member representing Chanchaga Constituency said the HOS has a responsibility to protect every civil servant in the state.

He said the action of the HOS was not in line with civil service rules, adding that the secretary was being victimized for revealing the facts and directed the HOS to redeploy him back to his former position.

“Return him back to his office to enable him to complete the assignment to him by the committee, if he is not redeployed to his office, then the passage of the budget will be delayed,” he said

Similarly, Mr. Malik Madaki and Mr. Ahmad Bello, members representing Bosso and Agwara constituencies, said the lawmakers would not fold their arms and allow any civil servants to be victimized for speaking the truth.

They said during the budget screening, the committee raised a question on NSTA which the secretary answered by telling the truth without insulting anyone.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport, said the secretary insulted the commissioner when he told the committee that the commissioner was not telling the truth on the issue of buses procured for NSTA.

He said that the secretary had been at loggerhead with the commissioner.

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