• Fri. Apr 19th, 2024

MDAs Violate Recruitment Waivers- HOS

The Head of Service and her team at the hearing. Photo: Ibrahim Shehu, Radio NIgeria

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Esan says many Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government violate the recruitment waivers given to them by the Service.

Mrs Esan disclosed this on Monday when she appeared before the House of Representatives adhoc Committee investigating mismanagement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

She explained that her office has a department under the permanent secretary special duties that monitors compliance with waivers, but due to shortage of manpower, they cannot monitor every MDA.

The Head of Service explained further that what the Service does was to select an establishment from each of the geopolitical zones to ensure that they do not exceed the waivers.

She refuted the allegation that her office recruited staff, explaining that they only have the mandate from the Civil Service Commission to recruit junior staff that are on grade level one to six.

Mrs Esan emphasized that no agency can enrol into the IPPIS platform any staff it employs above the waiver.

Job Racketeering: Reps receive petitions against 39 MDAs

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating mismanagement of the IPPIS system by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has received petitions against 39 MDAs over allegations of job racketeering and other infractions.

The Chairman of the Committee Mr Yussuf Gagdi at the resumed sitting of the investigative hearing at the National Assembly said, some of the MDAs are the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Office of the Head of Service, Budget office, IPPIS and the Federal Civil Service Commission amongst others.

According to him, the Committee will in line with its mandate engage over 600 MDAs to unearth the extent of the malfeasance in the federal civil service.

Mr Gagdi also summoned all the former Chairmen of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to appear before committee on Friday August 4, over allegations of job racketeering in the Commission.

Mr Gagdi also ruled that the Managing Director Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Ahmed Kuru, and an IPPIS staff, Haruna Kolo, formally with the FCC should also appear before the Committee on Friday.

This he said was because Kolo’s name appeared in many petitions and allegations presented by the FCC Commissioner’s and others before the Committee.

The FCC Chairman, Mrs Muyiba Dankaka informed the Committee that she stopped illegal recruitments by the Commission when she assumed office, adding that she had also written to the IPPIS to stop the salaries of the people recruited without due process.

Mrs Dankaka stated that, a staff of IPPIS who served in the Commission and suddenly moved to Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) Haruna Kolo, was the person fingered in most of the alleged racketeering.

Ibrahim Shehu