From: Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse
Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State has ordered for the immediate disengagement of 108 workers of the state-owned hotel, ‘ Three Star Hotel Dutse’.
Investigations revealed that Governor Badaru’s government was not happy with the way the state-owned hotel is being run especially as it could not pay its workers salary.
To correct this anomaly, the state government took the decision to lay off the affected workers leaving 16 workers behind, while the employment of 108 others were terminated with immediate effect.
It was, however, learnt that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Jigawa State Government and the affected staff that 50 percent of their entitlements would be paid to them with the promise to re-engage them as casual workers and posted to other government agencies.
One of the affected staff, Umar Y. Dutse, said government failed as it only paid them 30 percent as against 50 percent agreed with them in the MoU.
His words, ” Government issued us with a termination of appointment letter and promised to pay us 50 percent of our entitlement but to our surprise we received only 30 percent while some 35 percent”.
When contacted, Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Aminu Sidi Yalleman, confirmed the development saying, government was planning for a total rehabilitation of the facility.
The commissioner, who spoke through the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Mal. Zubairu Suleiman, said government would look into the possibility of reengaging the sacked workers and post them to other government ministries and other agencies as casual.