By Abdullahi Shuaibu, Lafia.
Nasarawa state house of Assembly has suspended its deputy Minority leader, Hon. Luka Iliya Zhekaba ( PDP Obi 11) for alleged involvement in the fake employment of 38 secondary school teachers in the state.
Speaker of the house, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi announced this after the house deliberation on the report of the committee on education on the recruitment of 366 Teachers and subsequent 38 fake Teachers on the pay roll of the state government during the house proceedings on Monday.
The house also set up a 3-man ad hoc committee to investigate the suspended member and report back to the house within two weeks.
The education committee recommend that hon. Luka Iliya Zhekaba, Deputy minority leader of the house be suspended and an ad hoc committee be set up to investigate his alleged involvement in the fake employment of the teachers.
” I hereby set up a three- man committee to investigate his alleged involvement and report back to the house within two weeks.
” Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara member, Awe south is the chairman of the committee. Hon. Labaran Shafa member,( Toto/ Gadabuike) Hon. Samuel Tsebe ( Akwanga south)as members of the committee. While,Mr Ibrahim Musa, deputy clerk is to serve as the secretary of the committee.
” I can’t question his activities or involvement for now, until the committee concludes its findings. ” As you commence your investigation, I wish you success,”.
The speaker further stated that the house was not against the employment of Teachers, but due process must be followed,”.
” Mr Anthony Ladan, a senior Accountant, Bureau for salaries who admitted of including the names of 38 Teachers into the pay-roll of the state government without the directives from the commissioner of finance and Michael Johnny, a staff of the ministry of education who is a syndicate are to proceed on compulsory retirements.
Mr John Audu, former staff of Teachers service Commission ( TSC) and later Information an alleged minder of fake employment be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution. The house agreed that that the Director of the Bureau, Sully Daheer and other Staff of the Bureau be deployed to other departments of the ministry of finance.
“A person with ICT knowledge with proven integrity be deployed to the bureau to take over the payments of salaries of the state civil servants.. He urged the management of Teachers Service Commission ( TSC) to sit up to its statutory responsibilities in the interest of education sector.