Reports surfaced yesterday alleging that the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN), which is Nigeria’s apex bank has been involved in recruiting staff without following due process and in defense, Isaac Okorafor, CBN’s acting Director of Corporate Communications, has explained that the bank did nothing illegal or wrong in hiring without publicity as they choose to hire their new staff secretly for the past two years because the bank was doing “targeted recruitment.”
Following his clarifications, secret employment is not against the law as long as a waiver is obtained from the Federal Character Commission, which they did. According to Mr. Okoroafor;
“In the last two years, we have had cause to recruit specialists, and what the law says is that if we are going for that kind of recruitment we should apply for waiver, so that we can do targeted recruitment.
“The other issue is that there are states that are not well represented (in the CBN), and in this case we focus on those states to recruits people of certain classes that we used to cover the shortfall in those states.”
Isaac Okorafor however, said he was not prepared to either confirm or deny the names alleged to be on the list. He simply asked, “Is there any qualified Nigerian who does not have the right to work in the CBN?”
Yesterday, a news report was published by Daily Trust on Wednesday, saying that an on-going investigation by the Federal Character Commission (FCC) had revealed that the Central Bank of Nigeria secretly recruited 909 members of staff between June 2014 and February 2015 without advertising the vacancies, thereby violating due process and federal character principles.
The report was subsequent to another piece of news published on Tuesday, on the news website of Sahara Reporters, which revealed how children and relatives of some top-ranking Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, was secretly hired by Nigeria’s apex bank among others.