November 9, 2015

Biometric scheme: Some Jigawa workers may retire from service

BY Aliyu Dangida

DUTSE— Thousands of Jigawa State workers may tender their retirement letters before time, following the proposed biometric plan to be introduced in the civil service by the state government.


It was gathered that there were series of mixed reactions by some civil servants in Jigawa State on the proposed biometric scheme announced by Governor Muhammad Abubakar, last week aimed at checkmating late coming and absenteeism.

A visit to state secretariat by Vanguard indicated that workers described the proposed scheme as capable of militating against workers productivity.

One of the aggrieved workers who craved anonymity, said it was unfortunate for a new government to introduce such a scheme, instead of enhancing the welfare of workers and focus on the maintenance of existing structures put in place by the previous administration.

His words: “The introduction of biometric scheme will not only prostrate workers in the state, but will equally leave us with no option than to retire before our due period to avoid being unnecessarily sacked without collecting our benefits.”

In a swift reaction, the new Head of Service, Muhammad InuwaTahir, stated that the biometric scheme was introduced in good faith to deal with incessant absenteeism and late coming among workers in the state.

He explained that it was high time civil servants in the state’s employ and those in the private sector to have the fear God, saying whoever collected and spent money he did not work for would account for it in the hereafter.

Tahir enjoined civil servants in the state to report to their various places of work on time and close on time to avoid falling victim of government’s directive.
He said the decision was meant to reform the civil service and guide workers to the right paths.