Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has begun secret staff recruitment process in apparent disregard to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive  that Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) of government should embargo fresh recruitment for now.

Buhari had in  his presentation of 2018 Budget to the National Assembly placed embargo on recruitment in MDAs of government except with his express approval.

He said the embargo was to manage rising personnel expenditure that was expected to increase by 12 per cent in 2018, disclosing that overhead cost would also rise by N26 billion in 2018 or 12 per cent.

But since his public policy statement, most of the MDAs seem to have disregarded the directive and have started the recruitment process secretly.

Daily Sun investigations showed that a series of recruitments  were  done on November 10 at the Tahir Guest Palace, Kano State, by the Human Resources  Manager, Bukar Yahaya, for selected applicants.

It was further gathered that the Kano’s recruitment followed an earlier one held in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Those invited converged at AbdulAzeez Yari Conference Hall of Tahir Guest Palace where some applicants were  picked.

Reacting to the secret recruitment, the National President, National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Lucky Amiwero, said it is cynical for a Federal Government agency to embark on secret recruitment, in disregard of President Buhari directive. He said there was need for Nigerians to react to the development by suing the agency for embarking on a recruitment in a section of the country without making it public.

“Why should a Federal Government agency embark on recruitment in a section of the country? That is cynical. It is illegal.  It contravenes the constitution.  It contravenes the principle of federal character.  It is wrong and must be rejected in its entirety,” he said.

Amiwero who stated that the agency doesn’t belong to a section of the country urged the management of the agency to cancel the process or expect legal action.

However, a top official in NPA confirmed that the agency had concluded the recruitment while the names of successful candidates are being collated.

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