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Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

N30m recruitment scandal rocks FCT -IRS

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Allegation of N30 million employment scandal is seemingly rocking the FCT Internal Revenue Service Board, barely six months after the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, inaugurated boards and parastatals under the FCT Administration,
Checks revealed that though, the management of FCT-IRS has remained mute over the allegation, some of the affected residents are threatening fire and brimstone, just they called on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to investigate the employment scandal.
It gathered that some unscrupulous top management staff of FCT-IRS have being collecting the sum of N200, 000.00 each from 150 unsuspected applicants totalling N30 million with a firm conviction of getting employment in the Revenue Service.
An unofficial source, who confirmed the alleged infraction stressed that the figure may increase if necessary steps are not taken by the FCTA and other anti corruption agencies to bring culprits to book, adding that the silence posture of the newly inaugurated board further gave impetus to the allegation.
However, one of the affected applicants who gave his name as Emmanuel Kukah told some selected journalists in Abuja, that the situation was no longer bearable as hope of getting job after paying N200, 000.00 has been dashed severely, hence some of them have decided to be the whistle blowers.
Kukah, regretted that the money was paid without receipt to backup their claims, noting that such transactions are always carried out based on trust and in secrecy.
He said: “I must tell you unequivocally that even if other victims keep quite over this issue, some of us will drag this matter to any length no matter whose ox is gored. I am particularly pained because of the anti corruption stand of the present administration.
“Some of us were lured into this employment scam through subtle but dubious means of replacement of existing vacancies in FCT Internal Revenue Services.
“They told me specifically that N200, 000.00 will guaranty me the job since the procedure for filling the existing vacancies will not follow newspapers advertisement.
“In my desperate state, I rally round family members to raise the money for the job. This happen shortly after the inauguration of the board last year. Between February and March this year, we started hearing different stories why the recruitment exercise was delayed.

“At one breath, they will tell us that the list has been sent to Federal Character Commission for harmonization, and in another breath they will tell us that they are waiting for National Assembly approval.

“I became suspicious when some of us discovered that over 150 desperate applicants paid for the few vacant replacement positions. The situation is no longer bearable and we are prepare to physically occupy their premises until justice is done.”

Meanwhile, several attempts to get the reaction of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Abdullahi Attah proved abortive.

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