A Nigerian jobseeker is demanding a refund from a Sharjah (an emirate in the United Arabs Emirate) employment services company that she claims promised her a job interview in return for application fees.
Under Ministry of Labour rules it is prohibited to demand payment from jobseekers for brokering or securing placements with employers.
Ajibodu Kosenat, 28, claims Al Aidy Al Mahirah Employment & Manpower Supply Services received Dh250 (about N11,000) from her as “application fees and training”.
A February 27 company receipt she was given by the company and shown to Gulf News is signed in the space for company “Accountant.”
When Gulf News called the company, a man who identified himself as the company accountant denied any wrongdoing. However, he declined to provide additional comments over the phone.
An official from the ministry urged job seekers to report companies charging application fees, calling it a “serious” and illegal practice that has duped many applicants.
Kosenat said this is her first visit to the UAE and “like many first-time visitors I didn’t know what is the right way to go about this”.
She also claims she was asked to pay Dh250 on February 22 during her first visit to the company office in the Dubai Islamic Bank Building at the corner of Immigration Road.
“The first Dh250 was for this ‘card’ they gave me with a number on it. I was told it was for starting the process. The card was taken back when I later gave the ‘balance’ of Dh250. I needed this Dh500 (about N22,000) to extend my visit visa but I never got it back,” Kosenat said.
“They told me they would fix up a job interview for me by Sunday or Monday — the day my visa expires. When I told them this was impossible and demanded my money back, they refused. They haven’t called back.”
She added: “I was told verbally if I don’t get placed for an interview, I would get my money back. I waited and waited but nothing has happened. I even showed them my return ticket, saying ‘please, give me a chance [job interview] or give me my money’.”
Kosenat said she complained to officials at Buhairah police station who advised her to approach the courts.
She added: “The police told me there are several complaints against the company but the court was the right place to take this. I don’t have the money and time to fight a case over Dh500. The point is, like others, I was duped into paying – and for what? This is not good for the image of the country, why doesn’t anyone take action?”
A number of candidates have reported similar complaints against the company. A few had shared their stories earlier with XPRESS, a sister publication of Gulf News. Also, a number of stories on job “scams” – including those mentioning Al Aidy – are published on the website of the Ministry of Labour (mol.gov.ae).
Others have similarly criticised the company and other employment services firms through online forums like complaintsboard.com and reviewstalk.com.
Kosenat said she had called the company after reading an ad for “job opportunities” in the newspaper classifieds last month. [GulfNews]
Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.
Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.
Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;
“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”
See his post below:
“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims
Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.
It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.
The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.
Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.
In his words;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.
The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own.
my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue
we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price
I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you
While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”
Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.
If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”
See his post below:
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
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