886 Staff Secretly Employed by Complaints Commission Leader, Mostly Top Officials’ Children, Flouting Standard Hiring Practices

by Ohepo Ohepo

A document from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission stated that there were around 860 new hires.
According to information acquired by SaharaReporters, the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) is having difficulty ensuring salary payment as a result of the covert hiring of new staff without following established procedures.

A document from the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission stated that there were around 860 new hires.

“I refer to your letter No. PCC/HO/ADM.351/5.2T/165 dated August 30, 2023 on the aforementioned subject and note that during the meeting held in my office on September 12, 2023 between your management and the Commission, it was mentioned that the reason for your inability to pay CONLESS was that you hired an additional 886 staff members after we approved hiring 3,114 staff members. The paper dated September 26, 2023 stated, “Please note that our approval was contingent upon your submissions and your ability to pay the proposed salaries.”

Several sources claim that Abimbola Ayo Yusuf, the commission’s chief commissioner, conducted the recruitment between June and October 2023 in violation of the procedures set forth by the Nigerian government for filling positions in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

The majority of persons benefited from the covert process were the offspring of prominent politicians under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The families of prominent lawmakers and government officials also benefited from the corrupt system.

The personnel of the commission has widely denounced the recruitments.

“The Chairman enlisted 860 persons into the commission without authorization, making it unable to pay salaries and in danger of failing.

“They sold the jobs to the others and only hired their friends and family. One of the irate employees stated, “Children, relatives of politicians, directors, commissioners, and the Chief Commissioner were employed between June 2022 and October 2022.”

“They were all hired without an interview or competency aptitude test.”

SaharaReporters called Abimbola Ayo Yusuf, the commission’s chief commissioner, but her calls were neither answered nor returned.

As of the time of this report, he had not responded to a text message that was also sent to his line last Friday.

The Public Complaints Commission, sometimes known as the PCC, is an agency of the Federal government of Nigeria, which is under the presidency. It serves as an Ombudsman, hearing citizen complaints against public or private entities or their representatives and intervening to resolve conflicts.

It was established in 1975 with the goals of preventing public officials, both inside and outside of government buildings, from abusing their administrative powers and to guarantee accountability and openness in the way the government, its agencies, and organizations interact with the public.

The commission’s employees went on strike earlier this year to voice their complaints about unpaid salaries and perceived mistreatment by management.

Unified under the Joint Labor Union, the workers demanded the implementation of the ₦35,000 salary award, as well as the full payment of their arrears for promotions.


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