The apex bank in Nigeria has been accused of hiring staff without the establishment of a level playing field against the federal character principle. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recruited 909 staffs in two years without advertising the vacancies, Daily Trust investigations have revealed.
The whole affair is now a subject of investigation by the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to determine if due process was violated.
The FCC is the body responsible for ensuring equity, fairness and balance in all employments into government establishments.
SaharaReporters yesterday leaked 91 names of children of influential Nigeria recruited secretly in this current administration.
Investigations showed that some of the basic requirements for employment were not followed in the recruitment. For instance, the various positions to be filled by candidates were not advertised, and the figures also suggested that the exercise was lopsided in favour of certain sections of the country contrary to the provisions of the federal character.
Details of the recruitment, carried out between June 2014 and February 2015 showed that out of the 909 staff engaged, 213 of them are from the South-South region, CBN governor’s geo-political zone.
Others are North Central, 178; South West, 176; South East,158; North West,104 and North East 80.
The five executive positions (Assistant Directors) come from Edo, Abia, Anambra, Oyo and Benue states.
About 411 others occupy senior positions from the rank of senior supervisors and principal managers.
A total of 491 staff were employed to fill junior positions over the period with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) accounting for 11 slots. State by state breakdown of the beneficiaries showed that Delta State had the highest number with 78.
Oyo, Imo and Edo States have 48, 42 and 41. Other states are Zamfara, 2; Yobe, 3 and Jigawa, 3.
Commenting on the situation, the Acting Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Shettima Bukar Abba, told Daily Trust that his Commission was investigating the recent recruitments at the CBN.
Speaking to the Daily Trust in his office in Abuja recently, Dr. Abba said he was investigating whether or not the CBN had followed due process in its recruitments, if it got the necessary approvals from the Commission before embarking on the recruitment and whether or not it got a waiver not to advertise the vacancies.
“In terms of lopsidedness, we have to look at it also. This may even lead us to go court if it happens that there is some marginalisation or lopsidedness in favour of certain states or certain areas,” he said.