Re­cruit­ment: Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs min­is­ter de­nies rift with Pres­i­dency

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The Min­istry of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs, Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and So­cial De­vel­op­ment has re­futed claim that the Min­is­ter, Ha­jiya Sadiya Farouq, was rep­ri­manded by the Pres­i­dency.

A state­ment by the As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion in the min­istry, Mrs Rhoda Il­liya, said at no time had the Pres­i­dency rep­ri­manded the min­is­ter for “ex­ces­sive use of power and em­ploy­ment of staff be­yond the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity of the min­istry”.

She was re­act­ing to on­line re­ports al­leg­ing that Farouq was rep­ri­manded by the Pres­i­dency, the News Agency of Nige­ria re­ported on Fri­day.

The state­ment read in part, “The min­is­ter has at no point em­ployed any sup­port staff, as em­ploy­ment in the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice is guided by laid down rules and pro­ce­dures and can­not be car­ried out at the in­stance of the Min­is­ter.

“The staff of the Min­istry to date in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter’s staff were de­ployed from other MDA’S with their salaries and emol­u­ments still domi­ciled in those MDAS.

“The Min­is­ter has at no point stopped pay­ment for the Home Grown School Feed­ing Pro­gramme. It is per­ti­nent to state that the Min­is­ter has ap­proved pay­ment for the pro­gramme up to the 31st of Jan­uary 2020.

She called on Nige­ri­ans not to be dis­tracted by un­founded sto­ries aimed at dis­tract­ing the min­is­ter and the present ad­min­is­tra­tion from ad­dress­ing poverty, cre­at­ing wealth and en­trench­ing in­clu­sion in the coun­try.

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