An investigative process has been initiated by an Ad-hoc Committee in the House of Representatives to look into the “secret” recruitment of 300 personnel by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
During a probing session conducted on August 14, JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, revealed that they conducted the recruitment initiative subsequent to securing a special permission from the Federal Character Commission (FCC). This waiver was necessitated by pressing circumstances and the urgency that prevailed at the time.
“In the event that we had decided to publicize the availability of the 300 positions, we would have been unable to fulfil the specific requirements for which we required these staff members. I draw your attention to the correspondence we dispatched to the agency (FCC). It was during a period when approximately 12 to 13 new centres were being established, and we needed to effectively manage them.”
In response to this statement, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, the Chairperson of the panel, expressed concern over the misuse of waivers, emphasizing that they were now leading to the exclusion of deserving Nigerian candidates from employment opportunities.
“Why did you opt for a waiver when your staff requirement was 300, while the regulations stipulate a waiver is only permissible for numbers below 100? Why did you resort to a waiver for the recruitment of more than 300 personnel?
“Your decision to engage 300 employees without conducting any form of public advertisement is contrary to the law. This practice disadvantaged a multitude of Nigerians who ought to have been granted an equal chance throughout the recruitment process.”
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