The House of Representatives has embarked on a thorough investigation into the alleged secret recruitment of 909 employees by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The apex bank is at the centre of a recruitment scandal which was reportedly carried out by the directive of the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, with a reasonable number of the beneficiaries being children and relatives of highly-placed persons in the country.
During a session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, in Abuja, the House asked its Committees on Federal Character, Banking/Currency to complete the investigation within three weeks.
A lawmaker of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kano state, Mr. Aliyu Madaki, had drawn the attention of the House to the recruitment under ‘matters of urgent public importance’.
He stated, “The recruitment by the CBN is in breach of the Federal Character Principle as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“The recruitment breached section 14(1); 14(3); and Section 17(1) of the constitution.
“There was no fairness, no justice in this exercise conducted by the CBN.”
However, the motion was not debated upon by lawmakers before passing through unanimous voice vote.
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Dogara had overruled any debate on the issue on the grounds that it could pre-judge the outcome of the investigation.
“This is an investigation; let us not allow any debate so that we won’t pre-empt the outcome,” he said.
The controversial recruitment was brought to public notice by two Newspapers.
Daily Trust had on Wednesday published that the CBN secretly recruited 909 staff between June 2014 and February 2015, in violation of due process and federal character principles.
The report followed a news story by Sahara Reporters, on Tuesday, showing how children and relatives of some influential Nigerians, including a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, were dubiously and secretly hired by the CBN.