FG moves to halt job racketeering in federal agencies

By Ezeocha Nzeh

Amidst reports of unending employment scam in the nations’ ministries and agencies, the federal government, through the Federal Character Commission (FCC) has introduced stringent measures to avert further job racketeering in the Federal government agencies,

The AUTHORITY gathered at the weekend that the Federal Character Commission (FCC) has taken steps by dissolving its board of secretaries, even as it has issued a new directive to secretaries of Committees of the Commission on use of the commission’s documents

The commission, it was further gathered, has also introduced security features in the documents of correspondence.

The recent changes and directives, which came from the office of the Executive Chairman, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka, warmed the Committees’ Secretaries not to have any personal dealings with the MDAs.

These directives were contained in the internal memo to the Directors and staff of the Commission, which were obtained by our correspondent at the weekend.

The Federal Character Commission has been enmeshed in series of job racketeering allegations, which the House of Representatives had earlier raised the alarm on how the commission had through its agents involved in sales of jobs to the tone of five hundred thousand naira and above to the highest bidders to secure employment in the Federal government agencies.

For instance, it was alleged that those who secured employment in the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) recently, paid a minimum of N2 million. Also some persons that got employment in the health sector in several states were alleged to have paid up to N800,000.

The Federal Character Commission, which has members representing all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as Commissioners, regulates recruitment of job in the Federal government Ministries, Parastatals and Agencies.

The Commission in one of its Internal memos from the office of the Executive Chairman and addressed to DME, titled: “Dissolution of Committee Secretaries,” the chairman said, “You are directed to convey my approval for the dissolution of all the committee secretaries with immediate effect.

“A handing over note should be submitted to your office on or before Wednesday 2nd September 2020 (Copied to my office).

Continuing, the momo, which was also copied to the Secretary of the Commission, Mohammed Bello Tukur, as well as the Director of Human Resources, barred all the committee secretaries from further dealing with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) “Henceforth, no committee Secretary should have any dealing with any MDA under his/her purview and all correspondence should be directed to the office of the Executive Chairman.” The Executive Chairman warned in the memo

Also in another memo from the office of the Secretary to the Commission, titled: “Changes on Certificate of Compliance (CoC), Waiver and Letter-head papers of the Commission,” the Secretary said, “l am directed to bring to your notice that all official Certificate of Compliance, waivers and letter-head papers of the commission had now been customized with security features.

“All unused old official letter-head papers in custody of Directors, Heads of Units and staff should be returned to the office of the Secretary to the Commission immediately.

“Henceforth, any correspondence with old official letter-head papers of the Commission is null and void and should be avoided.”

The memo, which was addressed to Directors, Heads of Units and staff was copied to the Executive Chairman and Hon. Commissioners.

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