The House of Representatives on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the sharp practices indulged in by officials of Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) during recruitment exercises.
The lawmakers expressed the concerns during the debate on the motion under matters of urgent public importance jointly sponsored by Henry Archibong, Solomon Maren and Mustapha Dawaki, over inability of thousands of unemployment Nigerians seeking employment into Federal Civil service to access recruitment portal. While ruling, Speaker Yakubu Dogara mandated the House Committee on Federal Character to investigate and report back in one week.
In his lead debate, Archibong (PDP- Akwa Ibom) expressed dismay that many qualified Nigerians were unable to access the recruitment portal due to non functional portal.
According to him, thousands of qualified Nigerians have over the past few days been trying to apply for various positions advertised by the commission via (www.vacancy.fedcivilservice.
gov.ng) to no avail.
“The commission is deliberately denying thousands of suitable qualified Nigerians, who wish to contribute their quota to the service of their fatherland through gainful employment in the respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). “This is thereby subjecting them to so much pain, stress and psychological trauma, due to inability to apply.
“The commission’s portal only opens sparingly between 2am and closes before 2:13am, thereby making successful application practically impossible.
“Most of these prospective applicants are poor, dependent and do not have access to internet facilities and are at the mercy of cyber café operators who do not run a 24 hour service. “While those who do, go on to exploit these applicants before commencement and still make them pay even for unsuccessful completion of their application, knowing the portal will close before completion,’’ Archibong said.
The lawmaker further said that it was a ploy by the commission to come up with the names of their friends and children of the high and mighty in the society as the only ones who applied for the employment.
“Thereby depriving the children of the poor and the Federal Government of willing and qualified hands to move the country forward. The Federal Civil Service Commission has already collected names of possible applicants without recourse to due process.
“If the House does not take urgent steps to stop this unwholesome practice by the commission, this nation will be deprived of good and capable hands to move forward,’’ he added. The House further resolved that the Federal Civil Service Commission should publicly declare the number of vacancies available and distribute same to states in accordance with the federal character principle.