Reps probe MDAs over employment racketeering, IPPIS mismanagement, others

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged employment racketeering, mismanagement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), as well as personnel recruitment by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including tertiary education institutions.

The House through the resolution, Wednesday, mandated an ad-hoc committee, when constituted to carry out the investigation and report its findings back within four weeks.

A member, Hon. Oluwole Oke had in a motion, drawn the attention of the House to the fact the public service has historically been a channel through which the federal government makes social interventions, stabilises society, reduces poverty and increases its access to all parts of Nigeria. “This, therefore, underscores the essence and the importance of managing the process of recruitment and payment of civil servants and public officers”, he stressed.

He noted, however, that notwithstanding this near-sacred role being played by the federal government of Nigeria, the process of recruiting and employment into the civil service has become one that is fraught with endemic corruption.

 “Public Institutions have since stopped the process of advertising for jobs and vacancies. Even in the few instances where adverts are published, the slots are already commoditized and available for the highest bidders,” the lawmaker said.

He further noted that most public institutions now sell employment positions, notwithstanding the qualification of the applicant and the ability of the applicant to perform optimally on the job, a development, he said posed a major risk and has indeed constituted itself into a channel for the underperformance of the Nigerian public service.

According to him, “Historically and specifically, since 1960 – the 1990s, Nigeria boasted of one of the best crops of public servants in the world and service delivery was at the highest level of professionalism. However, this situation has since changed, largely because of the method of recruitment and the quality of recruitment into these public institutions, which is driven by fraud, abuse, corruption and pecuniary considerations.

“Despite the decay occasioned by the above, the Federal Government had tried to address other abuses within the system particularly, the menace of Ghost workers, which necessitated the introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to help fish out the large number of ghost workers.”

With the introduction of some of the noted reforms, Oke lamented that sharp practices were still on through the collusion of concerned agencies.