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Delta Drops 1800 New Employees Over Employment Fraud

Posted: May 23, 2015 at 9:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi  –  Asaba


DELTA State government has stopped the recent employment carried out by the State Civil Service Commission owing to the corruption that trailed the recruitment process.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has also suspended the Chairman and Members of the Civil Service Commission [CSC] over gross mismanagement of the recent recruitment exercise.

The over 1800 indigenes of Delta State employed last month by the state government to fill the various vacancies in its ministries and parastatals are already counting their losses as they say the embarrassment is too grievous..

They were said to have applied since 2013 and wrote exams in 2014. Most of those whose names appeared never wrote the exams neither were they ever available for the job. Authoritative sources revealed that 1800 names were shortlisted.

The stoppage was not unconnected with the fact that most of those that were given the employment paid as much as N700,000 to N800,000 to secure the jobs while merit and due process were jettisoned.

Daily Independent gathered that apart from buying the jobs, political patronage played a prominent role during the process whereby the State Civil Service and the agency contacted to do the recruitment on merit were hijacked by the politicians in the state and their cronies favoured.

Another fact gathered by the paper confirmed that the employment were put on hold owing to the fact that the state is broke as a result of the dwindling revenue now coming to the state and their employment would be a great burden to the state that is still battling to pay its workforce.

When contacted for reaction, Barr Chike Ogeah, Commissioner for Information, confirmed the development that the state government has actually put the process on hold, stating that the process that brought those given appointment letters and posted to ministries was corrupted.

He said the state government, State Security Services, SSS, and other security agencies are really combing everywhere to bring those who are involved in the dirty deals to book.

According to him, there were lots of greed, sabotage and fraud on the employment matter and that at the end of the day the culprits would be persecuted and taken to court to serve as deterrent to others for their roles to frustrate the good intention of the state government to reduce unemployment.