Reps give SEC 7 days to correct employment irregularities.

The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character has given the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, one week to correct alleged employment irregularities in the commission.


The commission was directed to report back to the committee after the deadline.


The Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Wase, gave the ultimatum at a public hearing at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Wednesday.


He said that the committee had gone through the nominal roll of the commission and had discovered some irregularities that contradicted the Federal Character Law.


Mr. Wase said that the committee observed that some states across the six geo-political zones were under-represented while others were over-represented.


In his response, the Director General of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo, explained that some states where the commission’s zonal offices were located were given consideration.


He said that the employment process took into consideration the comfort of members of staff who would work as drivers or clerks at the zonal offices to enable them function effectively.


According to the director general, members of staff at the zonal offices will only function effectively if they are familiar with the terrain.


The committee, however, said that it was not satisfied with the explanation and demanded that all irregularities be corrected within one week.


Source: NAN

Immigration Recruitment Scam: Court adjourns ex-Minister Abba Moro’s trial.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed February 7 for continuation of cross-examination of prosecution witness, Tabugn Sylvanus, in the on-going trial of former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and three others over recruitment fraud.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba adjourned the matter to enable the prosecution produce a letter allegedly written by Drexel Nigeria Ltd, one of the defendants.

The said letter was written to the Board of the Nigeria Immigration Service for conduct of the botch 2014 recruitment.

The defence counsel, Paul Erokoro, requested the letter to enable him carry out a proper cross-examination on the witness.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the NIS conducted recruitment on March 15, 2014, that led to the death of 15 applicants, while several others were wounded.

The Federal Government docked Mr. Moro over alleged N676 million recruitment fraud.

Others charged along with him are the former Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anastacia Nwobia and a Deputy Director in the ministry, F.O. Alayabami.

At the last adjourned date, a former Controller-General of the Service, David Paradang, told the court that he was not aware of the 2014 recruitment.

Mr. Paradang was Controller-General between June 2013 and August 2015.

Recruitment into the police not hijacked – Okiro

The chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro, has dismissed the rumour that the recent recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force was hijacked by some high ranking police officers.

Okiro, the former Inspector-General of Police, dispelled the rumour on Thursday in Port Harcourt in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

He insisted that due process was followed in the recruitment of the 10, 000 applicants approved by the presidency for recruitment into the Police Force.

“I am bold to say that due process was strictly followed during the recent Police recruitment.

“The successful applicants have been employed in the force.

“I am happy to note that the 10,000 applicants approved for recruitment by the presidency cut across all cadres.

“They have already being posted to their various stations across the country,” he said.

Okiro said that the cadres included Police Constables, Inspectors, Medical Personnels, Marine Officers amomg others.

He said that the recruitment of the new officers became necessary as a result of shortage of personnel in the service due to death, dismissals and retirement.

He warned against indiscipline in the force, saying that such matters would no longer be treated with levity.

Okiro said that the PSC was open to receive complaints on any official misconduct amongst police officers.

He said that the Commission would investigate the rumoured unethical involvement of some police officers during the re-run elections in Rivers and other states.

He said that appropriate action would be taken against any officer found guilty of electoral fraud.

Civil Defence to recruit additional 10,000 personnel.

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana has requested for additional 10,000 personnel to be recruited into the service.


According to a statement from the corps spokesman Emmanuel Okeh, Gana made the  remark after the decoration of 10 senior officers promoted from the rank of Commandant to Assistant Commandant General at the Civil Defence Academy, Abuja.


Gana explained that the additional personnel is ” in order to meet up with the demands from different Ministries, Department and Agencies of government seeking for deployment of the Corps personnel.”


The CG clarified that the promotion of the officers was purely on merit, therefore they must justify the confidence given to them.


Gana also posited that, with the demand from Ministry of Agriculture, the Corps is expected to provide 6,000 personnel to protect the proposed 200 cattle ranches in order to curtail the incessant crisis between the Fulani herdsmen and Farmers.


He encouraged personnel to be patient as the management is working towards ensuring payment of their shift arrears, election allowances as soon as fund is made available by the Government and not to join rumour mongers speculating that their money was embezzled.

Full List of 8,500 successful candidates in 2016 police recruitment

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday released names of successful applicants for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force in the Federal Government’s 10,000 policemen recruitment programme.

Download list of successful candidates below.

General Duty Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspectors

Specialists Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspectors

Police Constables (General Duty and Specialists)

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Ikechukwu Ani, head, press and public relations, Police Service Commission, said the candidates comprised of 500 cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), 500 cadet Inspectors and, 7,500 constables.

Mr. Ani said that names of the successful applicants had been uploaded on the websites of commission and the Nigeria Police Force.

He said the commission also concluded the recruitment of 80 per cent of the 1,500 specialists into the force.

Mr. Ani said the commission shortlisted applicants who applied under some disciplines that required further professional and expert interview.

He said the disciplines included engineering, laboratory science and community health.
Mr. Ani said the exercise was based on merit, federal character and geographical spread, adding that all successful candidates went through the required processes.

“These include state screening which involved the screening of credentials of the candidates and physical screening such as height, sight, chest, etc,” he said.

He said that the commission electronically received a total of 911,438 applications comprising 262,462 for cadet ASP, 211,832 for cadet inspector and 437,144 for constable.

“A total of 338,250 applicants were later shortlisted, also electronically, and invited for screening at the state commands of the Nigeria Police Force.

“This figure was made up of 44,684 shortlisted for cadet ASP, 87,736 for cadet inspector and 205,830 for constable.

“This process was followed through from command to zone and finally, the national level, where the successful candidates were selected,” he said.

He said that the commission was guided by its enabling law, recruitment guidelines and the federal character as enshrined in the constitution.

NPA denies plan to sack workers, announces recruitment.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, has denied alleged plan by management to sack workers.

She spoke on Thursday during a tour of Warri Port.

Usman said rather than the NPA retrenching staff, management was set to recruit more staff and had tasked the General Manager, Human Resources, to work on succession plan of the organisation.

Usman said the management has introduced performance-based appraisal whereby every personnel would be appraised based on his or her performance.

The managing director said that the management would take remedial measures so as not to allow ships to be grounded at the Escravos breakwaters due to high siltation.

Earlier, Port Manager of Warri Port, Mr Simeon Okeke, had highlighted the dangers posed by the breakwaters and the channels leading to the port due to high siltation.

The port manager also lamented that the right vessels were not coming into Warri Port because of the shallow nature of the berths.

Okeke suggested dredging and mooring of the channels of Warri Port as well as the removal of wrecks.

He said that more manpower should be recruited into the various departments.

Meanwhile, Senate has threatened to revoke the port concession agreement with any terminal operator that fails to keep its own side of the agreement.

Senate lifts suspension on police recruitment

The recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police will now continue as the Senate has lifted its suspension on the exercise.

The new condition is that the new policemen will be employed based on their local government areas and would be deployed in their communities.

The recruitment was suspended following a clash between the Senate and the Police Service Commission.

The Senate had, in a letter four weeks ago, asked the PSC to suspend the recruitment over alleged irregularities in the criteria adopted.

The lawmakers had asked that the recruitment be done on local government but the PSC insisted that it should be done on state basis.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina-South), however, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that the commission could now continue with the recruitment.

Ibrahim announced that the clash between the Senate and the PSC had been resolved.

“We have resolved the issue and the recruitment would be done on local government basis. Very soon, the exercise will resume,” he said.

The lawmaker stated that the new intakes would form the foundation for the commencement of community policing in the country.

He said, “Nine personnel would be recruited per local government area. The policemen would be used to form a unit for community policing in all the 774 local government areas of the country.”

Police Recruitment: Senate Asks Buhari, PSC To Stop Process Over Irregularity.

The Senate has demanded that the recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, be suspended. The Senate, it was gathered, cited irregularity in the criteria set for the exercise.

Senate Committee on Police gave the suspension order in a letter it wrote to the Police Service Commission, PSC, last week and also forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari. After initial hiccups, the recruitment, which finally took off in August, was discovered to be lopsided.

Earlier, stakeholders had agreed that the recruitment would be based on local government areas, Daily Trust reports. But the commission allegedly decided to base the exercise on equal number per state, claiming orders from above.

Protests letters were sent to the Senate, with stakeholders demanding that the commission restricts itself to the recruitment of cadet ASPs, its statutory responsibility, while Force Headquarters handles the enlistment of those on inspectorate cadre and below.

Already, the presidency has reportedly directed the PSC Chairman, Mike Okiro, to explain the flaw pointed out by the red chamber. Reacting, PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the recruitment exercise had not been suspended. Checks and recent events counter his position as there had been no major news on the recruitment since applicants wrote their aptitude tests late August.

An applicant of Akwa Ibom origin, who wrote the test, confirmed to DAILY POST that neither he nor those he exchanged contact with have been contacted. “They told us they will invite us for the next stage, but nothing yet. Last week, I called some guys I met at the venue and they too said they have not received any update,” he disclosed.

Reps fault Federal Civil Service recruitment exercise

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal civil service commission to, without further delay, declare publicly, the number of vacancies available and distribute some according to States in accordance with the Federal character principles.

The call, made yesterday, follows a motion on the urgent need to investigate the unwholesome practices involving the Federal civil service commission with respect to the on going recruitment exercise announced by the commission, sponsored by Hon. Henry Archibong and Mustapha Bala Dawaki.

Hon. Archibong who expressed concern over the inability of Nigerians to access the recruitment portal, disclosed that the portal uploaded by the Commission is non functional as unemployed Nigerians have been unable to apply for various positions.

“Thousands of qualified Nigerians have over the past days been trying to apply for various positions advertised by the commission via the portal but are unable to due to an ineffective portal.

“By uploading a non functional recruitment portal, the commission is deliberately denying thousands of suitably qualified Nigerians who wish to contribute their quota to the service of their fatherland through gainful employment into the civil service, thereby subjecting them to hardship.

The non functional portal according to him, “is a ploy by the commission to come up with names of friend and the children of the high and mighty in the society as the only ones that applied for the employment thereby depriving the children of the poor and the Federal Government of willing and qualified hands to move the country forward”.

The lawmakers noted that the action of the commission is against the change agenda of the present administration, principle of equity, justice, fairness, transparency and above all, the principles of federal character as enshrined in Section 14(3) and (4) of the constitution.

The House also directed its Committee on Federal Character to investigate the practice of the commission and ensure a 24 hour accessibility of the recruitment portal for intending applicants and extend the deadline of the submission

Recruitment: Police Shortlist 110,000 Applicants

A total of 110,469 applicants have been shortlisted by the Police Service Commission (PSC) for the next phase of recruitment into the force, Chairman  of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, said yesterday.

The 110,469 are the  lucky ones from the 338, 250 invited for the recent screening in the 36 state commands  and FCT.

The next phase of the exercise is an aptitude test scheduled to begin on Monday,August 22.

22, 454 of the 110, 469 applicants are shortlisted for Cadet ASPs, 24,456 for Cadet Inspectors and 63,559 for Police Constables.

Okiro said that aptitude test for cadet ASPs for general duty and specialists will begin on August 22 while that of Cadet Inspectors for both general duty and specialists will hold on August 23.

He said that the test for police constables for both cadres would take place on August 24.

According to him,the physical screening of specialists is scheduled for August 29 after they will have taken the aptitude tests.

Okiro said that the commission adhered strictly to the requirements needed from the applicants for the exercise.

He said that some of the applicants were screened out for over age, alteration and falsification of documents and year of graduation.

The others included physical features, tattoo marks, first school leaving certificate, certificate of state of origin and class of degree or diploma.

He said that over 115 applicants who were arrested during the screening for forgery and impersonation were handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution.

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Recruitment: Police shortlist 110,000


NPA To Commence Recruitment As Succession Plan– Usman

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, says the authority will commence the recruitment of younger professionals into the service in view of the ageing workforce.

Usman disclosed this at a news conference to round off her ongoing tour of Calabar port, which ended on Friday.
According to her, there is a lot of skills and knowledge that need to be transferred and we should be able to transfer knowledge and skills.

Usman said that the authority would embark on recruitment drive and look at the organisational structure to determine how the recruitment would be carried out. She said that the management was looking at succession planning and recruitment of people.

“We met an arrangement on ground concerning the decision to recruit as the present workforce is ageing.

“We want to recruit specialists, mariners, critical operational staff. These are those positions that we will be targeting.

“We encourage every member of the public to be on the look-out for the advertisement of vacancies and to apply,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Usman as saying.

She said that the 10-year old port concession exercise is due for a review holistically, adding that the review will broadly examine all facets of the terms of port
concession engagement.

The managing director said the review would cover areas like financing models and the concession environment.

According to her, 10 years after, we have to revisit the concession exercise because we believe it is time to do that.

She said: “We would reach out to the ICRC and they would be part of the review.’’

Usman said that as the nation’s economic climate changes, there was need to adjust.

She also said that many agencies including the NNPC were indebted to the NPA to the tune of huge monies, adding that the management will proceed aggressively to recover the debts.

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Recruitment: Police Arrest 19 Applicants For Tendering Fake Result

The Police in Adamawa said 19 persons seeking enlistment into the force in the ongoing nationwide recruitment had been arrested for being in possession of fake results.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Othman Abubakar, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Yola.

Abubakar said that the suspects had been charged to court.

“We have arrested 19 of them for result falsification and they have been charged to court,” he said.

He warned persons trying to use fake result to join the force to have a rethink, saying that it was no longer business as usual.

“The police are not a dumping ground and anyone who tries to play smart will face the music,” Abubakar said.

Credit: Leadership

FAAN Begins Placement Of Successful 2015 Recruitment Candidates

The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAA) has begun the issuance of Provisional Offer of Employment Letters to successful candidates of its 2015 recruitment exercise in batches, with effect from May 16.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yakubu Dati, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, made available on Wednesday in Lagos.

The statement quoted Dati as saying that the first batch of successful candidates had been notified through text messages sent to their mobile phones.

According to him, they are expected to report to the Human Resources Department of FAAN from June 16, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016 for medicals, background checks and induction training.

He said successful candidates were to come with their unique ID number, original certificates/credentials and other means of identification for screening.

He added that “candidates under the second and third batches will be communicated consequently.

“All applicants are advised to visit FAAN website regularly for further information.” (NAN)

Recruitment: Police Websites Crash As 8,000 Applicants Register

Attempts by many candidates to apply for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force were frustrated on Friday as the two police portals for the recruitment crashed and were inaccessible for most part of the day.

The Police Service Commission had directed interested candidates to apply through its website, or that of the Nigeria Police Force,, but the two websites crashed due to huge traffic.

It was gathered that many candidates could not apply online at different cyber cafés and had to go back home in frustration.

Attempts to access the websites between 2pm and 6pm were abortive as the PSC website simply said, “This Account has been suspended. Contact your hosting provider for more information.”

The police website – – on the other hand, was inaccessible for over 10 hours during which our correspondents monitored the website. But police sources said about 8,000 candidates had registered as of 2pm.

“Candidates started registering online from 4am on Friday when the portals opened for registration; as of 2pm, over 8,000 candidates had registered online. The traffic was huge and this explains why many applicants could not access the websites because the servers were down,” a source explained.

Credit: Punch