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Newly recruited civil servants in Zamfara protest 32month unpaid salaries

ABOUT 1,400 newly recruited civil servants in Zamfara State yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration at the state House of Assembly complex non-payment of their 32 months salary without genuine reason.
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved workers, the leader of May 2014 Zamfara Civil Servants Forum, Comrade Luqman Majidadi said they were at the state House of Assembly to express their grievances over what he described as breach of their constitutional rights by the state governor.
He said the 1,400 young men and women of Zamfara State origin were recruited after a very thorough screening process by the state civil service commission in May 2014, but lamented that the state government ignored their salary payment up to date. “Having exhausted all avenues available to us for close to three years now, which include written series of correspondences to all relevant agencies and parastatals, interaction with key government officials, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies, all no avail, we have to seek other ways of redress,” Majidadi said. He also lampooned Governor Abdulaziz Yari for allegedly diverting bailout funds allocated by the federal government to the state for the purposely of settling workers’ salary, leave grant and pensions, calling for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter. On the action they could take if their needs were attended to, the forum leader promised to take the governor to appropriate court of law for redress. “We are ready to take our governor to court if he refuses to look inward into our
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