HEDA calls for probe of corruption in Federal Civil Service recruitment

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has called for a thorough investigation into widespread allegations of improper recruitment into the Petroleum Services Equalisation Fund.

The anti-corruption group cited the recruitment of one Ahmed Aminu Said into the services even though he was a youth corps member as of the time of his appointment in 2004.

HEDA expressed fears that the case of Said might be a trend, the rule rather than the exception, adding that there are likely similar recruitments that undermine ethics and best standards in labour relations

In a protest letter signed by HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, addressed to the Head of Civil Services of the Federation and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari, the group said in July 2004, Said was given statutory employment while still undergoing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program due for completion in September of that year.

The group wants a thorough probe of what it called “a potential string of anomalies” in the employment of workers into the civil service and possibly other federal government parastatals.

“Recruitments of people that do not possess the minimum requirements aids corruption and incompetence. It undermines principles of justice and distorts the moral fabric of the civil service workforce expected to be the pivots of government’s national policies,” ¬†HEDA wrote in the petition.

It also asked the Head of Civil Services of the Federation to pull the veil off a potentially corrupt system that “will in the long run fuel incompetence, godfatherism, harm good governance and transparency in public administration.”

HEDA said media reports by TheCable newspaper had indicated that Said graduated from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi and that he proceeded for the NYSC exercise on September 8, 2003.

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