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Jubilation at National Planning Commission over Usman’s sack

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—WHILE the sack of the immediate past Minister/Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, NPC, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, may not go down well with him, staff of the Commission yesterday described his exit as the best for them.

Majority of staff who spoke with Vanguard when this  correspondent visited the office located at Plot 421, Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja, noted that Usman’s  sack was long over due, just as they stressed that the action of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan never took them unawares.

Some who were outside the gate discussing Jonathan’s action in groups, said even Sallah and Christmas gifts were denied them by the outgoing Minister, just as they alleged that he had nonchalant attitude towards the staff and  their welfare, adding that he hardly appreciated or said thank you for a job well done.

At the close of work yesterday, he was not in his office at least to hand over to the Commission’s Secretary, Professor Sylvester Monye, as only the lady secretary was in the hitherto busy office and no date had been fixed for the handing over, at the time of filing this report.

According to one of the staff who spoke with Vanguard, “The Minister made the Commission a dead one, no action. The Acting President should bring Elder Godsday Orubebe who, within three months as Supervising Minister, relocated us from the old CBN to this present place. He really helped us; he came to our rescue and he was very lively.

“This man only came here to kill the place, we are happy that he has gone and gone forever, he cannot come back here again. We don’t want him. Because of his attitude, the National Assembly never came here for their oversight functions  and that is why we are always broke.”


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