Investigations being carried out by the Federal Character Commission (FCC) reveal that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recruited 909 staff in two years without advertising the vacancies.
Daily Trust reports show that investigations into some of the basic requirements for employment were not followed in the recruitment. The various positions to be filled by candidates were not advertised, and the figures also suggested that the exercise was lopsided in favour of certain sections of the country, contrary to the provisions of the federal character.
CBN governor’s geo-political zone seems to have been favored in the recruitment carried out between June 2014 and February 2015, as it showed that out of the 909 staff engaged, 213 of them are from the South-South region.
Others are North Central, 178; South West, 176; South East,158; North West,104 and North East 80.
The five executive positions (Assistant Directors) come from Edo, Abia, Anambra, Oyo and Benue states. About 411 others occupy senior positions from the rank of senior supervisors and principal managers.
A total of 491 staff were employed to fill junior positions over the period with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) accounting for 11 slots.
State by state breakdown of the beneficiaries showed that Delta State had the highest number with 78. Oyo, Imo and Edo States have 48, 42 and 41 respectively. Other states are Zamfara, 2; Yobe, 3 and Jigawa, 3.
The FCC is the body responsible for ensuring equity, fairness and balance in all employments into government establishments. Acting Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Shettima Bukar Abba, confirmed that his Commission is investigating the recent recruitment at the CBN.
Dr. Abba, while addressing pressmen, said investigations are being carried out as to whether or not the CBN had followed due process in its recruitment, if it got the necessary approvals from the Commission before embarking on the recruitment and whether or not it got a waiver not to advertise the vacancies.
He mentioned that this may even lead to court if it happens that there were some marginalization or lopsidedness in favor of certain states or certain areas. The Acting DG mentioned that he had earlier invited the CBN’s Human resource director who told him that the CBN got a waiver not to advertise the vacancies to avoid a recurrence of the Immigration recruitment tragedy.
The CBN had in an earlier comment on its recruitment policy stated :
“All appointments shall be made on the basis of merit, through a fair and open selection process. The principles underlying the recruitment process are those of fairness, credibility, equal employment opportunities, merit and optimization of career prospects for currently employed staff.”
In September last year, the bank issued a statement signed by the former director, Corporate Communications, Ibrahim Mu’azu, denying any general recruitment in the bank.
Reports reveal that the last time the CBN publicly recruited workers was in 2013, after it announced and advertised the exercise in the media.
In a country where it is believed that nepotism and favoritism has become the order of the day, let us hope that these investigations would prove these notions wrong against all odds.