Job Racketeering: Reps summon ‘controversial’ Kolo, DG IPPIS to hearing or risk arrest

Elizabeth AtimeAugust 10, 20234 min

 

 

 

 

 

The House of Representatives Committee on job racketeering has summoned the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Director of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to appear before it for an explanation about their role in the matter.

It also summoned the Auditor-General of the Federation and tasked the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) to produce Haruna Kolo, a former Desk Officer at the Federal Character Commission (FCC), unfailingly on Thursday at 10 am.

The summon issued on Wednesday is to give further clarification on allegations made by Kolo against the FCC Chairman, Muheeba Farida Dankaka and others.

 

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Kolo had earlier appeared before the House Ad-hoc Committee, where he admitted collecting money from job seekers to offer them jobs, amounting to N95 million on the instruction of the FCC Chairman, Dankaka.

Meanwhile, the Driver and Personal Assistant to the FCC Commissioner for Taraba State, who appeared before the Committee on Wednesday, denied being part of those that were employed in 2022, as alleged by Kolo.

According to the driver, Abdulrahman Ibrahim, “I came to FCC in 2022 with the Taraba State Commissioner. The Commissioner pays me from his personal salary and I was not employed alongside those that were employed in 2022,” he stated.

Ruling on the matter, Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau), said Kolo must appear unfailingly to substantiate the allegations.

 

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“The Committee is in a dilemma why the IPPIS is absconding from the sitting. The Desk Officers of IPPIS Head of Service and Budget Office, why are they absconding? We have interacted with the Accountant-General of the Federation and demanded that IPPIS should post two persons here. IPPIS that are capturing, Why was Kolo so comfortable to take people at will to the IPPIS office for capture?

Clerk summon the Accountant-General and the Director of the IPPIS to be here tomorrow at 10 am. I don’t know why they are running away. Secondly, we are equally confused, but we have a solution as to why would Kolo come here.

He got a notice for 12 o’clock, and at One o’clock, he is in this hall. Only for us to ask him to return yesterday and to ask him to be here today, and he absconded. I will sign a letter officially to AMCON to produce Kolo tomorrow by 10 am.

 

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“At least we have given the benefit of the doubt twice. I think it is better for Kolo to listen to us and appear here unless he is acting a script to misguide this proceeding and send lies across the federation. Let him come. We are interacting. There is nobody here that was intimidated. We are to represent (the) Nigerian people, the good, the bad and the ugly. We owe everyone the duty of care.

Clerk, call AMCON on the phone and send text to AMCON. Let them come here with Kolo. AMCON is supposed to appear before us today. Why are they not appearing? Do they know something about what Kolo is doing and why they admitted him to AMCON?

We would go to the root of this matter; no matter how the agencies claim to be smart to run away, they must come here. We must account to the Nigerian people what we are doing in all the various institutions that have positions of trust in embedded in us. So AMCON should come.

Kolo should appear tomorrow; otherwise we would exercise our constitutional powers on Kolo and any other agencies that fail to appear before this committee from tomorrow,” the Committee Chairman said.

Elizabeth Atime

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