Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committees on Federal Character and Employment, Labour and Productivity to begin investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in the employment processes in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the last two years.
Local media reports indicated that a syndicate that specialized in employment racketeering, fleeced Nigerians of amounts ranging between 400,000 naira and 500,000 naira to secure jobs in the MDAs (155 Naira = US$ 1).
Speaking on a Motion on Employment irregularities in the MDAs, Senator Abubakar Bagudu referred to a statement credited to the immediate past Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Rose Chinyere Uzoma, that: “4,000 employment slots approved by the Federal Government were being sold to job applicants and some allocated to other personalities.
Mrs Uzoma became the first victim of the scandal following her removal from office for alleged 'secretive' recruitment by her department.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character, Senator Awaisu Kuta, noted that the committee had been inundated with complaints from applicants that jobs are for the highest bidders.