By Ibrahim Hamisu, Kano
Ever since the March 20, 2023, Kano gubernatorial elections which produced Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf as the winner of the election, there are reports making rounds that the government of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has recruited new employees into different sectors.
In his conversation with Prime Times News on Sunday, Barrister Aliyu Usman Hajji, explained that although the law permits incumbent Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to recruit workers, similarly, the same law allows the Governor-Elect Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf to terminate the appointment of anyone who was employed illegally.
According to Barrister A.U Hajji “If we look at the constitution of Nigeria in section 5, it gives the Governor the right to make direct recruitment in his state, but that does not mean that he should be employing uncontrollably. Governor Ganduje at least has been ruling Kano for 8 years but he didn’t do a massive recruitment until now. This action will surely pop up a lot of questions.”
A.U. Hajji, who is currently a PhD student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, further queried that “Assuming it was an APC member that was elected to succeed him, will Governor Ganduje do that? And also why didn’t he do the recruitment in 2019 until now that he is bidding farewell to the office as governor of Kano state? And will this mass employment be of benefits or not to the state?
But the law certainly gives him the right to recruit, even though not everybody can be directly recruited without being screened by the State House of Assembly. but legally, there is definitely a question mark about this massive recruitment.
“And even if the rules and conditions of employment have been met in the recruitment process, if Abba Gida-gida comes, he can cancel the recruitment according to established rules and regulations. He can also be taken to court if he violates the established protocols” Barrister A.U. Hajji disclosed.