By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole to explain why his ministry denied employment to 58 Nigerians sent to it by the Federal Civil Service Commission.
The resolution emanated from a motion entitled ” Non Compliance by the Federal Ministry of Health with the Federal Government’s Directive for Employment of 58 Nigerians Issued Letters of Employment by the Federal Civil Service Commission” moved by Johnson Agbonayinma and unanimously adopted by the House after a brief debate at Wednesday’s plenary session.
Agbonayinma recalled that the federal government in 2014 had directed the Civil Service Commission to employ qualified Nigerian graduates into the service to cushion the effects of unemployment in the country.
He lamented that while other Ministries, Departments and Agencies have since absorbed the candidates sent to them by the commission, the Ministry of Health is yet to absorb the 58 Nigerians.
The lawmaker while expressing concerns that the 2015 Appropriations Act had captured the salaries and emoluments of the 58 Nigerians, wondered what happened to the funds appropriated for them.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara then referred the matter to the Committees on Health Services and Federal Character for further legislative action.