Last night, there were palpable worries in some agencies and departments of the Federal Government as Presidency officials toyed with the idea of probing reports of job racketeering in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that such agencies which are under the searchlight of the Presidency are the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Nigeria Prisons Service, NPS, Nigeria Fire Service, NFS, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, among others.
The development, which followed last weekend’s suspension of embattled Comptroller-General of NIS, David Parradang, was said to have unsettled top management of some of the agencies who our findings finger as engaging in money-for-job rackets.
The CG was suspended last Friday by President Muhammadu Buhari based on what Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, described as employment of over 300 officers by Parradang without official approval and budgetary provisions, contrary to laid down guidelines on recruitment of members of staff.
In one of the agencies inside the old federal secretariat in Garki, Abuja, a middle level officer confided in Nigerian Pilot that the secret recruitment exercise done last April in NIS was for replacement of some junior and middle level officers who resigned, retired or abdicated from their duty posts, within six months prior to the recruitment.
The source said the exercise was not the general recruitment that was directed by the Presidency following the unfortunate stampede that resulted in the deaths of 16 applicants but “an internal exercise meant to fill vacancies in sensitive positions.”
The source further disclosed that the top management staff of the Service usually allot the vacancies themselves, adding that in the April exercise, “a job slot went for as much as N750,000, depending on the level, if any of the top ranking officers wishes to sell the slot to you.”
According to him, “internal replacements” are common within agencies and parastatals of government, noting that such recruitments are done in all agencies and even ministries.
“Last April, an officer was willing to sell his slot to me for N750,000. I was told that was the cheapest because other slots were offered between N900,000 to N1.2million,” he stated.
“Those that could not afford the complete amount were compelled to write undertakings that they will forfeit their first three months’ salaries if employed. Some, I learnt, were placed on native oaths in case they failed to redeem their pledges,” he said, stressing that since he could not raise even half the amount required, he lost out.”
The official said it was during internal replacement exercise that the top ranking officers usually exploit to bring in their relatives, noting that one hardly gets employment with the Service without being connected to a top officer or someone related to a senior officer.
An official of NSCDC, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that “any appointment from first degrees and above must go through the board of the agencies for ratification or else, such employments are rendered illegal, null and void.”
Investigations, however showed that sometimes, applicants are required to apply online which often costs N1,000 and above to register.
Several MDGs have fraudulently made this process a source of revenue generation into questionable accounts.
In a related development, Nigeria Pilot found out that desperate job-seeking Nigerians pay between N150,000 and N500,000, depending on the degree of desperation of applicants, to top officials of the agencies, either directly or through their cronies, if they must get jobs while impatient young ladies who are unable to afford the money sexually bribe officials to get the job.
However, it was learnt that the money-or-sex-for-job aspect is not an automatic ticket to getting such jobs as many victims have lamented their exploitation and frustration to unscrupulous public officials without getting the jobs they “paid” for.
Sometimes, before civil service jobs are advertised, they have been allocated among top government functionaries, powerful politicians, members of the National Assembly and traditional rulers as political patronage.
As a result of this lucrative illicit business, rules are broken in order to further exploit the hapless unemployed Nigerians.


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