Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nigeria: FG Chides Employers Over Federal Character Principles (Nigeria Job Vacancies)

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The Federal Commissioner representing Imo at the Federal Character Commission, Mr Meziem Echefu, has lashed out at some employers of labour for flouting the commission's guidelines on recruitment.

Echefu told newsmen in Owerri that some employers had been recruiting workers without following laid down rules, saying many of them do not even advertise vacant positions to be filled.

He also said the defaulting employers often refused to furnish the commission with necessary details of what they do "for proper guidance".

"The commission's principles stipulate that there must be advertisement for vacancies to be filled in two major national dailies six weeks before interviews are held," Echefu said.

Echefu lamented that most employers of labour had continued to sweep such a vital issue under the carpet, thereby giving room for lopsided appointments and favouritism.

He said to check such abuses, the commission had embarked on an aggressive public enlightenment programme to acquaint people, especially employers, about its duties and powers.

According to him, the commission is also taking necessary steps to strengthen its legal department for quick prosecution of erring employers.

Echefu, who commended some state governors for their cooperation with the commission, however, frowned at some state agencies for "flagrantly contravening" the principles of federal character.

He said the long arms of the law would soon catch up with such employers.

The commissioner lamented that though pamphlets were distributed to the state agencies through the commission's state co-ordinators, they "hardly obey the rules of the commission".

He commended the authorities of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, for strictly observing the principles of federal character in its staff employment.

He noted that the polytechnic had been placing advertisements on vacant positions, adding that it had also been inviting the commission's officials to observe their job interviews.

"In Imo, for instance, we ensure that the 75 per cent catchments allocation for prospective employees, is represented in the 27 Local Government Areas," Echefu said.

He also decried the attitude of some local government authorities in Imo, who, he said, flouted the commission's regulations with impunity.

He said many of them refused to forward their nominal rolls and other necessary documents on time to the commission.

He warned that henceforth, such erring councils would be dealt with according to the law.
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