Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Nigerian Prisons Service Illegally Hires 538 Recruits

Barely three (3) months after the Illegal and Nepotistic Recruitment was uncovered at the CBN, another government agency has been caught in another illegal hire scandal.
SaharaReporters recently disclosed that the Nigerian Prisons Service, under the leadership of the Controller-General Ahmed Ja’afaru and Minister of the Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau, has hired around 538 recruits without following established laws for public recruitment exercises.

Sources leaked two separate lists of names of new recruits who were to undergo new hire training in Lagos or Kaduna. The title of the first list is “List of Newly Recruited ASP in Training” and that it is to take place at the Prisons Training College in Kiri-Kiri, Lagos State. The second list is titled “List of Newly Recruited Trainees June 2016” and that it is to take place at Prisons Training School in Kaduna State.

When SaharaReporters reached out to the spokesman for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, about these allegations and findings, he said that he “cannot recollect any recruitment announcement” in the recent months.

It is indeed a sad re-occurrence and quite understandable. If the CBN was not sanctioned, other agencies have no deterrent not conduct illegal hires. Something needs to be done fast because it seems these people think the public service is their family business.

I strongly recommend that all recruitment into government ministry, departments and agencies (MDAs) be centrally outsourced to a competent and professional HR consulting firm.

The Nigeria Prisons services must be investigated and the leadership sanctioned. This malaise must stop…now!

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