Representatives call for criminal liability for clandestine recruitment into government agencies
The House of Representatives is considering a ban on secret employment by ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.
As a result, any recruitment of MDA employees without a vacancy announcement will become illegal and result in a fine.
This is proposed in the Undercover Employment Prohibition Act in the 2020 Federal Civil Service Bill, sponsored by Mr Tijay Yusuf.
The bill, which is awaiting a second reading, is entitled “Bill to Prohibit Secret Employment in the Federal Civil Service and Detailed Provisions to Ensure Transparency of Recruitment in the Civil Service by Publication of Vacancies. and other related issues. “
Yusuf said in an explanatory note: “The bill aims to ensure fairness and transparency in the recruitment of personnel for the federal civil service, making it a crime for a federal ministry, agency or parastatal institution to fill vacancies. existing vacancies in their organizations were not published. “
The bill, in part, states: “The policy of the federal government will be aimed at improving the efficiency of staffing in the federal public service, as well as transparency and equal opportunity in recruiting and hiring new employees.
“As a result, any federal government ministry, agency or parastatal agency will be considered a criminal offense to fill a vacancy in its institution, unless the vacancies are well advertised prior to recruitment.
“The publication referred to in subsection 2 will be in two national newspapers.
“Anyone who violates the provisions of section 2 (2) of this Act commits an offense and shall be punished with a fine of not more than one hundred thousand naira (100,000 AD) or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both of them …
“If a department, agency or parastatal agency of the federal government commits an offense under this Act, the head of that ministry, agency or parastatal agency will be guilty of the offense and subject to punishment in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1.”
Under the bill, the highest state courts would have jurisdiction over issues in the proposed law, while the Minister of Labor, Employment and Productivity could, with the approval of the President, issue orders to enforce the law.
Several MDAs have found themselves embroiled in recruitment scandals, some of which have been addressed by both houses of the National Assembly.
The Senate Committee on Federal Nature has convened several federal agencies for the alleged clandestine recruitment.
The agencies involved include the Federal Tax Service; National Drug Enforcement Agency, National Space Research and Development Agency, and National Open University.
Others are the Federal Public Service Commission, the University Hospital of Abuja, the Rural Electrification Agency and the Nigerian Navy.
The House of Representatives of the 8th National Assembly has investigated the alleged secret hiring of 909 employees by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The controversial recruitment was reportedly carried out by the main bank at the behest of Governor Godwin Emefiele, with a reasonable number of beneficiaries who were children and relatives of dignitaries in the country.
Ironically, there was a crisis in the Senate in early 2019 due to timelines set by lawmakers by some federal agencies.
Some outraged senators have pledged to abandon the separation method allegedly adopted by the Senate leadership for slot allocation.
It is alleged that the agencies, through their leaders, provided seats to the deputies. But the seats will be divided among ten members of the chief officers.
Thousands of candidates, who were selected by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation to fill the leadership positions, recently wrote an open letter to President Major General Muhammad Bukhari (retired) calling for foul play.
The plaintiffs argued that while those who applied for graduate students were already employed, others who applied for the advanced category had not been contacted by the NNPC since June 2019 when they were taking their exams.