Top managers of at least 13 federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are under scrutiny by the Senate over allegations of colluding with outsiders to run illegal cash-for-job rackets in their organisations.
The MDAs include: Ministry of Interior, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Nigeria Meteorological Institute. Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
This was made known by the Chairman of the Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, who said the Senate has been inundated with lots of petitions from victims. He disclosed this yesterday at the opening of a two-day public hearing on employment irregularities in federal establishments.
The Senate has therefore mandated the Federal Character and Employment, Labour and Productivity Committees to investigate the scam: “There have been complaints of lopsidedness in the recent recruitment in our para-military organisations, including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) etc. In particular, it is alleged the the latest recruitment into the NIS had been substantially from one geo-political zone.”