The House of Representatives has queried the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for recruiting 300 staff from 2015 till date, without advertising.
The Chairman of the Adhoc committee investigating job racketeering in Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies of government( MDAs), Mr Yussuf Gagdi issued the query when the Registrar of the board Prof Ishaq Oloyede appeared before the committee.
Mr Gagdi observed that by not advertising the vacancy, ordinary Nigerians have been robbed of the opportunity to get employment.
He argued that recruiting about three hundred staff through waiver was against the federal character, adding that a waiver is to be granted only if an agency is collapsing.
” What makes you think advertising wouldn’t have been better? You have the capacity to screen the people that apply to get better hands to do those jobs. I’m asking this because we are most interested in correcting the fraud associated with waivers”.
The Registrar of JAMB Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said the board followed the federal character principles in the job recruitment exercise it conducted from 2015 till date.
According to him, the Board had gotten waiver from the relevant agencies to employ staff to replace those that had left, adding that the board had five sets of recruitment in the period under review.
On why JAMB sought for waiver to recruit over three hundred people instead of advertising, the Registrar, said that it was due to exigencies of duty, saying they had about twelve to thirteen centres coming on board and needed people to man them.
“We used the waiver because we believe the exigency of the time and the nature of our work deserves it. If we are to advertise for the three hundred, we wouldn’t be able to meet up with what we needed them for”.
“I believe very strongly that it was very very necessary at that time that we recruited and I assure you that we did not surcharge those who are qualified”.
The committee is to continue its investigation with more agencies appearing.