ICPC probes recruitment into federal civil service

Joan Ayo, Chairman FCSC

Joan Ayo, Chairman FCSC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has launched an inquiry into alleged malpractices in recruitment into the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).

To this end, the chairman, Joan Ayo, and some government officials have been questioned by the anti-graft agency.

ICPC chairman, Ekpo Nta, who confirmed the development to The Guardian yesterday, declined details.

“We are looking at the matter. Investigation is on-going,” he said.

However, a reliable source said aggrieved workers had petitioned the ICPC over the FCSC chairman.

A copy obtained by The Guardian showed that the President, Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff to the President, Attorney General of the Federation and the National Human Right Commission were all copied.

The 247 concerned workers, who were employed between 2013 and 2015, claimed however, that Ayo had sought their disengagement.

“The intervention of the ICPC followed an earlier move by the Civil Service Commission to embark on staff audit within its fold by sacking those considered to have been appointed illegally or irregularly. The move had generated an uproar as the affected staff dragged the commission’s chairman before the ICPC, the Human Rights Commission and other agencies.

“The aggrieved workers in their petition had asked for intervention of the agencies to halt plans by the Civil Service Commission to disengage them from service, allegedly on ethnic considerations,” the source said.

The workers claimed that Ayo wants to sack them in order to cover up alleged fraud and irregularities in past recruitments.

They maintained that their appointments followed due process, as their letters of appointment were duly verified and authenticated by the commission before being posted to several ministries, agencies and parastatals.

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