….Suspension of NEMA Directors, staff in order – Head of Service
A Representative of Yobe State on Thursday informed the House of Representatives that the state has not received relief items from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) under the tenure of the current Director-General Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja.
“Yobe has not received any correspondence or relief material from the NEMA since the assumption of the current Director-General,” he said.
The committee, therefore, directed the DG to furnish it with detailed information on who received the items, where and when, on Tuesday next week.
Represented by Mustapha Suleiman , a Permanent Secretary, The Head of the Civil Service guided the committee through the disciplinary processes in the Public Service Rules
The Head of Service said: ” Under Section 4 serious misconduct is specified as serious wrongdoing and improper behaviour which is inimical to the image of the Service, which if investigated and proven can lead to dismissal from service.
“The list is contained in sections 03, 04, 02 and it includes falsification of records, suppression of records, conviction of a criminal charge, bribery, corruption, misappropriation, embezzlement and sabotage etc.
“Any indicted officer would cease to be on his / her duty and the suspension can come from the Civil Service Commission, Head of Service or the Governing Council.
The Committee asked the NEMA DG to show them any law that gives the Council the power to suspend the directors and other staff of the Agency.
He said: ” By the provision of the Act, the relevant section of the NEMA Act that allows the Governing Council to superintend the affairs of the Agency is Section 7(10).
” The Council shall have the power to (a) manage and superintend the affairs of the Agency .
(b) subject to the provisions of this Act….and function of the agency
(c) for the term and condition of service including remuneration of the employees of the Agency after consultation with the Federal Civil Service Commission, and do such other things which in the opinion of the Agency are necessary to ensure the efficient performance of the functions of the Agency .
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ), Ibrahim Magu confirmed that the recommendation for the suspension of the said officers was given by the Commission in its interim report of its investigation.
“We received a petition in December 2017 and we went into the investigation proper.
“At a level, an interim position was provided and that those whose evidence of wrong doing has been established to be suspended in order not to hinder the investigation”.
He pleaded that the committee allow him to provide the documentary evidence requested later.