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Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Reps probe employment, extortion scam in MDAs

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By Christiana Ekpa

The House of Representatives yesterday asked all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to put on hold the ongoing recruitment across the country pending the conclusion of its investigation into employment Scam and extortion of Nigerians

The resolution of the house was sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Yusuf Gagdi (APC-Plateau) He expressed displeasure over the irregularities that occurred in the interview process for recruitment exercises in some Government Agencies.

Presenting the motion Hon. Gagdi disclosed that, the sharp practices opposed the spirit of federal character in recruitments taking place, and a gross infringement on the rights of eligible Nigerians to be employed.

According to him,  the new trend is disastrous for the federal civil service which is the largest employer of labor in the country, calling for the effective monitoring of all employment processes when the relevant House Committees are constituted.

On his part, Hon. Ayika Ogbonna argued that the prevailing situation compelled most industrious Nigerians who go through the desert to go seek greener pasture in Europe while some die in the process.

Also speaking, Hon. Nyampa Zakaria observed that if the youths ravaging his constituency were gainfully employed, they would not be available to be unlawfully engaged by promoters of the extreme violence.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Haruna Mshelia, Hon. Shettima Ali and Hon. Benjamin Mzondu who decried the syndrome of godfatherism and favoritism used during the recruitment process, expressed displeasure over the compromise of merit.

While Hon. Leke Abejide urged the House to engage Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the allegation of employment rackeerting in all the MDAs with the view to unveil the perpetuators.

Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Deputy Majority Chief Whip (APC-Abia) called for a wholistic investigation into the whole concept of favoritism that has engulfed the recruitment processes and called on members not to be tempted to indulge any unparliamentary practices.

On his part, Henry Archibong (PDP-Akwa-Ibom) noted that similar motion moved in 2018 compelled the concerned agency to open its portal for Nigerians to apply for the vacant positions.

Hon. Onofiong Udofia (PDP-Cross River) urged government at all levels to be transparent in the office held in trust, noting that things are not going well with Nigeria youths who are currently roaming the streets due to the spate of unemployment ravaging the country.

He also lamented that stiff conditions required by most federal government agencies including age restrictions which have deprived several qualified Nigerians from getting gainful employments.

The lawmakers also decried the tradition of casual workers especially in the private sector which has enslaved millions of Nigerians in the labour market.

Also speaking, Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, Majority Leader (APC-Kano) urged the House to initiate the ambitious legislative agendaas reeled out aimed at reforming the legislative process.

While noting that the employment scam under the Federal Civil Service has become a menace that required to be given priority, Hon. Doguwa described rhe development as very unfortunate where honourable members are being indicted for being part of the employment rackeeteering.

He maintained that the federal lawmakers should not be blackmailed for facilitating employment for their heterogenous constituents.

Hon. Doguwa also condemned those who extort innocent and unsuspecting applicants to secure jobs to desist from such henious act.

The Speaker of the house Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over the session, mandated the Ad-hoc Committee to be set up to report back within three weeks.

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