It has been disclosed that the employment letters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are allegedly being sold by the Federal Character Commission to interested job seekers willing to part with N3 million.
The alleged job scam was unravelled by the Senate Committee on Federal Character Commission and Inter-Governmental Affairs. The committee, which said it may soon probe the agencies, said it had been overwhelmed by the shocking revelation.
According to a report, the chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah said evidence had been gathered and investigation into the selling of appointment letters had begun. He said the job scam was perpetrated by some officials of the Federal Character Commission and the panel was planning to put a face on these individuals.
Part of the evidence involves one of the job seekers that bought the NPA job offer for N3 million. He added that since the probe began, his committee had unravelled series of “underhand dealings that have been going on at FCC.
“The Senate Committee on Federal Character Commission has been investigating and we are doing everything possible to unravel those behind sales of jobs at the FCC.
“I got reports from different people on sales of jobs going on at the Federal Character Commission.
“Appointment into government offices are now for sale at the Federal Character Commission. It is real.
“Someone has forwarded to me a text message which is in my phone that he purchased the Nigeria Ports Authority job from the Federal Character Commission at N3m.
“This is shocking. It makes my heart bleed. I am so sad and I am going to take drastic action in this case.
“If the committee finds out this is what they have been doing, we are not going to take it lightly with them.”
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NPA has its own headache: Aside from the job scam, NPA management is also faced with a probe recommended by the Auditor-General, Anthony Ayine, over irregularities observed in an N7.5 billion contract for Shore Erosion Control Work at Akipelai, Ayakoro and Otuoke towns in Bayelsa State. The anomaly was discovered by the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation after an audit had been conducted into the account of the port authority.