Why Buhari’s minister revoked 245 NITDA recruitment

President Buhari’s Minister of communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has revoked the recruitment of 245 citizens.

The 245 graduates were employed by the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

It is alleged that Shittu cancelled the appointment because his State, Oyo State, got just a slot.

NITDA denied the allegation stating that the former DG of the agency, Mr. Peer Jack, did not follow due process in conducting the recruitment exercise.

This position was made known by the spokesperson of the Agency, Hajiya Hadiza Umar.

According to Hadiza Umar “The employment process did not follow due process.

“Employment letters were issued to the applicants even before the waiver by FCC.

“The former DG did not even ask Heads of Departments to present Skill Gap Analysis before the exercise was conducted.

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“We were just at the agency when we saw large number of people saying that they have been employed.

“They did not apply, they were only asked to send CVs.

“We were here, we did not know, we just saw new staff.

“We presently have about 150 staff.

“The agency does not even have the financial capacity to employ 245 additional staff.

“Our total personnel cost is about N1.5 billion annually.

Hajia Hadiza said the 245 applicants can reapply “If they fit into the positions that they are applying.

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“Heads of Departments are presently conducting Skill Gap Analysis to determine vacancies in each department.

An internal memo obtained by our reporters showed the NITDA’s permanent Secretary gave a ‘no objection’ to the recruitment exercise back in 2015.

However, one of the successful applicants said “The minister rejected the list because his state was not properly represented.

“He brought additional names that he wants added to the list that is the cause of the delay in posting the applicants.

“We have even done documentation.

“We have also submitted details for our ID cards when the process was suspended.

“We were only waiting to be posted,” the source said.

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NITDA wrote the Federal Character Commission (FCC) requesting for a waiver in this particular recruitment.

In response, FCC said, “Based on the explanations offered by you (NITDA), the Commission has granted your request for waiver of advertisement only.

FCC also directed NITDA to issue letters of appointment to the 245 successful applicants “Within three (3) months from the date of issuance of the Certificate (of Compliance), otherwise, it shall become lapse and shall require revalidation.”

See the list and number of successful candidates by States HERE