The Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, uncovered plans by the Niger State government to recruit more workers in order to force the incoming government rationalise the work force.
Daily Times reliably gathered that the government’s aim of embarking on the mass recruitment of workers is to leave behind a large workforce that will weigh down the next administration.
APC spokesman, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, in a press statement said, “We receive with shock the grand plan of the outgoing government which we consider wicked, callous and selfish. This has further shown that he has no interest of the state and that of the entire workers of Niger state at heart.
“We, therefore, want to bring it to the notice of all Nigerlites that the plan of the out-going government is to create fresh troubles apart from the ones earlier caused by mismanagement.”
The statement also read,” We are also surprise that the governor has come up with the idea of recruiting for one University of Education in Minna , the question is that where are the structures for the University of Education beyond hiding under the TERTFUND projects of the College Of Education Minna.”
Reacting to the allegations, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babangida Aliyu, Mr. Israel Ebije, described APC claim as spurious, shameful and gross misplacement of agenda. He said it was regrettable they have decided to embark on errand of cheap blackmail to veil their sinister agenda against the people.
Ebije, therefore, alleged that the incoming APC led administration intends to reduce workforce in the state civil service. He intimated that the state civil servants must prepare for hard times adding that mass retrenchment looms.
The spokesman of the governor maintained that the establishment of the new university is done in the best interest of the state and the entire north. He said the north has deficit of qualified teachers, saying the new university will set the pace in grooming teachers in the region and beyond.
He, therefore, alerted the incoming governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to be mindful of self-based politicians around him who do not have the interest of Nigerlites at heart.