The House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Job Racketeering says there are allegations against officials of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) that they were collecting 10 per cent from agencies for recruitment.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Yusuf Gagdi, disclosed this at the resumed hearing of the committee in Abuja.
According to him, there were also allegations that IPPIS officials go to agencies to ask for money before capturing staff recruited by agencies.
This was in response to the statement by the Director-General, Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa DTCA, Rabiu Dagari who appeared before the lawmakers saying that staff recruited at the directorate since 2019 have not been captured in the system.
“IPPIS, we have allegations against you that you are collecting 10 per cent from agencies for recruitment. Have you taken note of the fact that they wrote to you concerning the recruitment they did?
“They have a balance of resources as a result of retirement and other reasons. These monies are always ‘absconded’ and not returned to the treasury. They wrote two letters to IPPIS to capture the people that they followed due process in recruiting and you refused.
“There are allegations that you go to agencies to ask for money before you capture the people you want to capture. Yet, the ones that are legitimately employed will not be captured. If an agency wrote to IPPIS to capture people that were recruited, it means that the employment is legitimate”.
The DG DTCA Mr Rabi’u Dagari informed the Committee that he had written two separate letters to the Accountant General of the Federation for affected staff to be captured in the IPPIS.
The DTCA Director General also observed that agencies rely on waivers to carry out recruitment so as to avoid due process, saying it was inimical to merit and competence.
Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji
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