The House of Representatives gave a directive on Thursday asking its Committees on Federal Character, Banking/Currency to begin investigation into the alleged CBN’s secret recruitment of 909 workers, and complete the inquires within a period of three weeks.
The dust-raising recruitment was said to have been carried out by Nigeria’s apex bank following the order of the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, with a reasonable number of the beneficiaries being children and relatives of influential Nigerians across the country.
The decision to investigate the recruitment by the House was as a result of a motion moved by Hon. Aliyu Madaki (APC, Kano), under ‘matters of urgent public importance’. He regretted that CBN purposely breached section 14 (1), 3 and 6 of the constitution relating to Federal Character Principle, by opting for secret recruitment of its workers.
While moving the motion on the floor, Madaki stated that the CBN, being a creation of the National Assembly, had the power to employ its staff if there was need for, but not without the approval of relevant authorities. According to him;
“The CBN has recently recruited 909 staff into various cadres of the bank without obtaining the required authorization. The recent recruitment has generated negative response from various sections of the country, with various accusations of lopsided recruitment, lack of adherence to due process, among others.
“Based on available data on the recruitment exercise, there’s a clear case of non-adherence to the principles of Federal Character as enshrined in our constitution. This recruitment was done secretly without due advertisement carried out.”
Hon. Aliyu recalled that sometime last year when members of the public got wind of the secret recruitment exercise, the CBN came out and out-rightly denied any such recruitment, or plan to recruit, adding that the latest allegation only confirmed that the previous CBN’s secret recruitment allegation was true.
He also alleged that top officials in government and the elites had their relations employed by the apex bank at the time the said recruitment was carried out and observed that “there was no fairness, no justice in this exercise conducted by the CBN.”
There was no debate on the motion as lawmakers unanimously supported it when the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, put it to vote. Dogara had overruled any debate on the issue on the basis that it could pre-judge the outcome of the investigation.
“This is an investigation; let us not allow any debate so that we won’t pre-empt its outcome,” he said.