By Ifeanyi Nwoko
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate will accelerate the passage of a bill that will curb the rate of illegal recruitment in government agencies.
Saraki said that the bill titled, “Existing Vacancies in the Federal Civil Service (Prohibition) Bill” will be one of the bill that will receive accelerated passage upon the resumption of the National Assembly.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that the Bill, which is currently due for Second Reading, will be given priority as one of the Senate’s legislative interventions to curb the increasing rates of illegal recruitment into federal government agencies and parastatals.
“The Existing Vacancies Bill will put in place clear-cut procedures that will help to curb and possibly end the trend of ‘silent or underground recruitment.
“This country belongs to every Nigerian, and as such, all vacancies that exist in the Federal Civil Service must be properly advertised to give every Nigerian that meets the requirement a chance to apply.”
“Saraki also stated that the objective of the Bill, which was introduced by Senator Biodun Olujimi, the Senate Deputy Minority Whip, will be to promote the integrity and transparency in the recruitment of personnel into the Federal Civil Service, by making it an offence for a Federal Ministry, Agency or Parastatal to fill existing vacancies in their organizations if such vacancies have not been advertised publicly.
“With this Bill, we will set time-frames for recruitment and the publication of recruitment in national dailies.
“This will make it the duty of the heads of government agencies and ministries to ensure compliance or face punitive measures.
“Additionally, this Bill will help to ensure that the mandate of the Federal Character Commission is followed to the latter, by imposing punitive measures on those that choose to intentionally flout the law.
“This illegal recruitment trend needs to stop, and when we resume, we will begin to work towards enshrining this in our laws,” Saraki said.