Last week, the committee set-up by Governor Abdullahi A. Sule to look into the problems of promotion and salary arrears of civil servants in Nasarawa state issued a circular signed by the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Finance, directing civil servants to furnish the committee with their respective Bank Statement from July 2016 to December 2016 and from April 2017 to August 2018.
Indeed, the setting up of this committee was not only apt and timely but it would also go along way in making government of Engr A.A Sule come up with an acceptable welfare package for civil servants in the
state which will in turn boost the morale of workers for optimum performance.
Governor Sule must therefore be commended for this giant step. Having said this, it is also to be noted that, to
ascertain the actual amount of money government owes workers in the
state is not a bad thing, workers must therefore cooperate with the committee to ensure the committee did a perfect job.
However, the way and manner the committee is going about carrying out its responsibilities leaves much to be desired. While we are not in any way insinuating that the committee will compromised the
responsibilities bestowed on them by the governor, we are of-course
afraid that the directive on workers to furnish the committee with
their respective bank statements may give raise to some shoddy deals.
Some may decide to, in collaboration with some bank workers, doctored
their bank statement.
We in Nasarawa Eye believes that the work of this committee is in a
way, an investigative one and if it so, then it behooves of the
committee to discreetly liaise with the banks and gets all the
information their required with no knowledge of civil servants. We don’t think banks would have any problem in meeting with this kind of demands from the committee.