Senate to Criminalise Illegal Recruitment into Government Office


Says, It is a Threat to National Unity


By Time Nigeria


The Red Chamber of the Nigeria’s National Assembly, the Senate is set to criminalise secret recruitment into government office such as Ministries, Departments and Agencies , noting that it is a threat to Nigeria’s unity.


This was made known at the plenary on Wednesday when the upper chamber of the National Assembly passed a bill sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South) for second reading, titled, “A Bill for An Act to Make It an Offence for Vacant Positions in the Federal Civil Service to be Filled Without Their Being Advertised and For Other Matters Connected Therewith, 2017.”


The bill, if passed into law by the National Assembly and assented to by the President, will make any senior government official who approved an illegal recruitment liable to same offence and punishment.


According to Section 2 of the proposed law read, “(1) Any person who violates the provisions of Section 1 commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N300,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years or to both.


“Where a federal ministry, agency or parastatal commits an offence under subsection (1), any officer, director or agent of the federal ministry, agency or parastatal who directed, authorised, assented to or acquiesced or participated in the commission of the offence is a party to and guilty of the offence and is liable on conviction to the punishment provided for the offence, whether or not the federal ministry, agency or parastatal has been prosecuted for or convicted of the offence.”


The bill proposed that it should be an offence for any Federal Government ministry, agency or parastatal to fill a vacancy in their establishment unless the vacancies were placed on their notice board for three months before the commencement of the recruitment exercise.


About Time Nigeria

Abdul Rahman Aliagan is an Abuja-based seasoned Journalist who has spanned over a decade in the profession. My flare for Investigation has earned me a niche and more on the profession. Presently, I am the National Publicity Secretary, Guide of Investigative Journalists, an umbrella body for the curious journalists in Nigeria. I am a student of History from the Better By Far University, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, I was born in late 70s. I started my Journalistic career with The Herald Newspaper, in 1997 and moved my career to Funtua, Katsina State as a Media Assistant to a Non-Governmental Organization, Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) where I later joined the service of Newspeg Newspaper as a Senior Correspondent and became the pioneer Editor as it transformed to Magazine. However, close to two decades uninterrupted experiences gave birth to Time Nigeria Magazine that is setting Economic and political pace for the most populated country in African continent, Nigeria.


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