Nasarawa State Deputy Minority Leader, Luka Iliya Zhekaba was suspended on Monday by the House of Assembly for his alleged involvement in the fake employment of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.
His suspension was announced by Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House.
The speaker said the decision was made after the House deliberated on the report of the House Committee on Education on the employment of 366 teachers and 38 fake teachers in the pay roll of the State Civil Service during the House proceedings on Monday in Lafia.
Abdullahi has put together a three man Ad-hoc committee to investigate Zhekaba and report back to the House in two weeks.
“The committee recommended that Luka Iliya Zhekaba, Deputy Minority Leader of the House should be suspended and Ad-hoc committee be set up to investigate his alleged involvement in the fake employment of the teachers.
“I hereby set up three man Ad- hoc committee to investigate his alleged involvement and report back to the House within two weeks.”
“Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, member representing Awe South constituency is the Chairman of the committee, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, member representing Toto/ Gadabuke constituency and Hon Samuel Tsebe, member representing Akwanga South as members of the committee.”
“While Mr. Ibrahim Musa, the Deputy Clerk of the House is the Secretary of the committee,” he said.
The Speaker said the House had no problem with recruiting the teachers but due process must be followed for equity and fairness and recruitment of teachers should take place periodically.
The House directed Anthony Ladan, a Senior Accountant, Bureau for Salaries and Michael Adonye Johnny, a staff of the ministry of education, to go on compulsory retirements for adding the names of 38 teachers into the pay roll of the state government without the directive from the Commissioner of Finance.
It further directed John Nuhu, a former staff of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Ministry of Information, a syndicate of the fake employment should hand over to the appropriate authority for prosecution,” he said.
The House agreed that Sulley Daheer, the Director of the Bureau for salaries and other staff of the Bureau be moved to other departments of the state Ministry of Finance.
“A person with ICT knowledge with proven integrity to be deployed to the Bureau for Salaries to take over the salaries of civil servants in the state,” he added.
Abdullahi urged the management of the state Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to sit up to its statutory responsibilities in the interest of the education sector.
He also called on the state government to conduct independent investigation into the activities of MDAs to cleanse the system.