OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has called out the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige over recent recruitments made by his ministry deemed to be lopsided and in contravention of the federal character principle.
Following a deliberation on the issue on Wednesday, the House resolved to mandate its Committees on Federal Character, Disabilities and Labour, Employment and Productivity to investigate the ongoing recruitment into the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund and other agencies under the ministry.
It described the recruitments as shady and mandated the committee to recommend appropriate sanctions for anyone found culpable of undue favouritism.
The resolution was sequel to a motion by Ismail Tijani (Kwara, APC); who expressed concerns that the current recruitment exercise as embarked upon by the agency was lopsided.
According to him, “the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) is currently recruiting for positions at the management level, I am concerned that only people from one particular part of the country are being recruited in the current exercise, which negates the principles of Federal Character.
“Aware that the Minister of Labour and Productivity (Dr. Chris Ngige) has been embroiled in a battle to control Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), including the NSITF, and had been summoned by the National Assembly for the alleged misdemeanour in 2016 and 2021 respectively.
“Also aware that the summons was based on allegations of employment irregularities, impunity, and anomalies indicating gross abuse of office.
“Worried that the current recruitment process at the NSITF, which is alleged to be biased could negatively affect the promotion of hardworking staff of the organisation”.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers accused Ngige of acting with reckless abandon hence his actions were capable of denying the country its due benefits from the MDAs.
“Also worried that the Minister’s alleged reign of impunity across the ministries and agencies under his supervision has continued unabated despite engagements and interventions of the National assembly.
“Disturbed that the alleged undue favouritism in the ongoing recruitment exercise at the NSITF could prevent the country from deriving the maximum benefits from the MDAs.
The motion was passed when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question and referred it to the relevant Committees with a mandate to report back within four (4) weeks for further legislative action.