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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Secret Recruitment Scandal Rocks Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation

Another case of secret recruitment has been exposed in another government establishment as purported perpetrated against the dictates of the laid down principles of federal character. As millions of young Nigerians continue to roam the streets in search of elusive jobs in both the public and private sectors, a major recruitment scam is rocking the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation ( NDIC) where about 132 new employees have been recruited secretly.
The recruitment, Saturday Telegraph learnt was conducted without the corporation advertising the jobs even if for formality sake. The implication was that the vacancies were thrown open only to the children of the high and the mighty in society.
A cursory glance at the long list of the new employees showed that they were essentially persons linked to top politicians and government functionaries in the present government. Following the conclusion of the recruitment exercise, the NDIC embarked on a massive redeployment of all its personnel, apparently to conceal the deal.
In a memo issued by the Director, Human Resource Department, Mr. MA Ahmed and addressed to all staff of the corporation, all old and newly recruited staff are to report on their new duty posts on Monday, June 5, 2017.
The memo dated May 18 and marked NDIC/HRD/ MPCD/T&/33/3 reads in part: “This is to inform all staff that Management has approved the redeployment of Senior Staff Corporation wide as well as posting of newly recruited staff. The list of the affected staff are provided in the attached. “Formal letter shall be addressed to each staff accordingly.
Meanwhile, all affected staff are expected to round off their activities and report in their new Department/Unit/Zone on June 5, 2017.” 
According to the civil service rules and the Federal Character Act, it is illegal for MDAs to embark on recruitment of staff without announcing the availability of the vacancies through newspaper advertisements.
The idea of making it public is to give equal opportunities to all eligible applicants and enhance transparency and integrity of the process. The phenomenon of secret recruitment by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has become rampant in the last two years.
In recent months, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), have all been allegedly accused of engaging in secret recruitment of employees.
Saturday Telegraph sought to know from the Federal Character Commission (FCC) if they were aware of the latest recruitment by the NDIC but officials of the Commission could not be reached as at press time.

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