Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources are left scratching their heads after a senior officer of the National Assembly sent them a note requesting that the department employ his candidates into eight of the 23 open positions in the organisations.
Matters became more complicated as the department had received 600,000 applications from Nigerians without godfathers to push their applications.
In his letter, dated July 21, 2017 and signed by Ahmed Tijjani Musah, the Chief Whip of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa wrote the director of the DPR to ‘íntroduce’ eight candidates ‘for consideration.’
Efforts to speak with Doguwa, the All Progressive Congress member representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State, were not successful at press time and officials of the DPR refused to speak on the matter.
Millions of Nigerians have been denied fair access to federal jobs because federal lawmakers are in the habit of leaning on agencies to recruit their candidates without regard to due process, a manager at a recruitment firm in Lagos said on condition of anonymity because of fear his firm might be blacklisted.
A manager at a federal institution that organises examinations also told CITY VOICE this open nepotism is everywhere one looks, saying it is a major factor in poor discipline seen in some of these agencies.
‘’These special recruits are often out control,’’ she said. ‘’We receive these lists every time and you can be sure most of these are going to be badly behaved. They are hard to control and lack discipline because they believe they have godfathers they could always cry to. What we do is wait for the tenure of these godfathers to exire before we quietly ease out such recruits.’’