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No More Extortion Of Job Seekers – Character Commission

Federal Character Commission
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa

Abuja – Following the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment  tragedy  which claimed the lives of job seekers from whom a thousand naira each was extorted by a consulting firm in 2014, the Federal Government is said to have banned all forms of money collection from employment seeking members of the public by all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

Director for Legal Services and Research at the Federal Character Commission (FCC) Oluwatosin Bodunde disclosed this yesterday while briefing lawmakers at a one-day public hearing on”Extortion Of Employment Seekers By Government Agencies And Recruitment Firms” organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity.

Bodunde said in  Lagos and Abuja alone, 56,000 and 69,000 applicants paid one thousand naira each to a private consultancy firm for application forms. This is even as about 20 people died in the stampede that occurred across the country during the exercise.

She explained that aside from the military and the police which were given waivers due to the peculiarity  of their recruitment process, the FCC had ensured that it’s August 2014 circular banning the payment for forms or scratch cards by applicants was fully enforced in Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“Whenever complaints are lodged against any MDA, what we have done is to tell them to refund such monies as charged for employment procedure.

“Each time monies are charged beyond the allowable amount and we get the report we cause the erring MDAs to return such monies and we follow it up to make sure that they comply.