Massive protest of dismissed civil servants at ‘Muhammadu Buhari House’ Over non-payment of Benefits
Representatives of about 3500 erstwhile employees of local government councils in Katsina State, who were disengage before the implementation of the last National Minimum Wage about five years ago, stormed Muhammadu Buhari House in Katsina on Monday protesting against delay in their re-engagement or payment of their benefits.
Presenting their grievances to the State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Mustapha Inuwa, at the gate of the governor’s office, the demonstrators expressed strong reservations over the delay.
The aggrieved former civil servants reminded the Governor Masari of his campaign promise to examine the possibilities of regularising their appointments or paying their benefits.
They disclosed that their appointments were terminated under the previous administration in the state following the outcome of staff verification exercise when their appointments were yet to be confirmed.
In his response, Governor Masari explained that the present administration in its bid to tackle the problem inaugurated a committee to look into the circumstances that led to their dismissal.
Masari told the crowd that although the committee neither recommended their re-engagement nor payment of any benefit to them, his administration would however explore how those eligible among them for appointment in the civil service could be re-engaged while others would be assisted by the government to cushion their hardship.
The governor sued for their continued understanding and support of the readiness of the present administration to make life better for the entire people of the state.
According to him, unless they exercised more patience they run the risk of being offered immediate benefit at the expense of a long term solution to their plights.