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SENATE NEWS: Hold dead employee responsible for employment scam, FCSC boss told Senate

LEGISREPORTS NG – Ongoing probe into the widespread employment scam rocking government Ministries, Department and Agencies of government by the Senate have unearthed fresh revelations alleging the involvement of a dead employee responsible for issuing fake appointment letters to desperate victims seeking jobs.

The revelation came following the receipt of petitions from Mrs. Rose Odey and Idachaba Tijani to the Senate Joint Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs stating that they paid N250, 000 to secure employment in federal ministries.

Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Deaconess Joan Ayo explained to the Senate Joint Committee that the employment letters of given to Mrs. Odey and Idachaba were fake copies.

She further disclosed that the said Ahmed S. Dantanko in question who signed the fake employment letter for both Odey and Tijani was dead.

The FCSC chairman further disclosed that Dantanko was never a Director in the commission as claimed, but a pool officer who had had left the services of the Commission since 2008.

Deaconess Ayo also told the committee that those behind the recruitment scam, Juliet Egobunor and Simon Odujebe, were on the run, as the former had abdicated her appointment with the Ministry of works and housing, and the latter “jumped bail.”

“There is no record of the employment of Odey and Tijani anywhere in the FCSC. This has nothing to do with us. If we have apprehended Simon and Juliet, we would have gotten to the end of this case.

“They are on the run. We have told their ministry that they must produce them. If they can’t, they must produce the next-of-kin because that record must be in their files,” she said.

Responding to questions by lawmakers on the deceased who issued the fake employment letters, the FCSC boss said, “we wanted to bring him before the committee but, unfortunately, he died in an accident last year. He was a civil servant and not a Director.

He signed for the then chairman. He was posted out of the Commission as a pool officer. I asked for the record and that was where we got to know that in addition to leaving the Commission, he was also dead.”



This report was prepared by our reporter at the Senate


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