The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) last week embarked on
secret recruitment of staff to fill observed vacancies in the
organisation Daily Sun has authoritatively learnt.
The latest of such exercise took place last Thursday when scores of
applicants were screened for appointments into various cadres in the
organisation. But the Corporation said its action was in order because
it got waiver from the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
Notwithstanding however, it was alleged that the recruitment exercise
was mainly organised for children and candidates of influential persons
in government as well as some senior management staff of the
Daily Sun reliably learnt that those invited for the interview, which
held at the NDIC Training Academy at No 32, Anthony Enahoro Street,
Utako, Abuja, on October 27, were called on telephone and asked to come
with six copies of their credentials, including the original of NDIC.
The exercise comprising written test and oral interviews conducted by
separate panels for various categories of applicants lasted into the
A particular panel focused mainly on senior management cadre, although
the actual number of those interviewed could not be ascertained.
However, an insider source disclosed that over 40 persons were being
considered for various positions in the corporation. The source further
said that most of them would be posted to the training academy.
When Daily Sun visited venue of the exercise, about 40 vehicles
apparently belonging to the applicants were parked at the vicinity,
while two stern-looking anti-riot policemen manned the gate. Three
prospective applicants were turned back at the gate because their
sponsors, it was learnt, could not establish communication with the
Managing Director of NDIC, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, who was said to have
travelled out of the country during the period.
NDIC spokesman, Mr. Hadi Birchi, in a telephone chat denied that the
interview was specially arranged for candidates of influential
Nigerians. Although he admitted that the vacancies were not advertised,
the NDIC spokesperson said those to be employed are still Nigerians.
On inquiry by Daily Sun at the FCC whether the corporation informed it
of the exercise, the Acting Secretary of the commission, Mr. Jonas Umeh,
said he was not sure a waiver was granted to NDIC.
He, however, explained that some establishments are given advertisement
waiver depending on the number of vacancies to be filled. “We sometimes
give waivers not to advertise, depending on the number of vacancies. But
this time round, I am not sure whether they have waiver not to
advertise or not. I am not sure if they applied for waiver in the first
instance,” he stated.
Recently, there have been allegations of secret recruitments into many
juicy government agencies like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Inland revenue
Service (FIRS), National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and
Control (NAFDAC) and National Space Research and Development Agency
(NASRDA), among others.
Source: The Sun Newspaper