The Board of the Immigration Service, National Security and Civil Defence, Prisons and Fire Service Board, yesterday, indicted the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, over the recruitment mishaps, saying the Board was sidelined.
A member of the Immigration Board, Mr S. D. Tapgun, who led the Board members and Heads of other agencies under the Board to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives said there was no Board approval for the failed exercise.
“Only the Interior Minister and the consultant he engaged for the exercise can tell Nigerians exactly what happened.
“Even the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service was not involved, he was not part of the recruitment at all, there was no Board resolution to recruit anybody.
“When we, the members of the Board, learnt about the recruitment, we wrote the minister that we are not in support of engaging the services of a third party to conduct recruitment for the Immigration Service but he ignored our letter and went ahead to engage the consultant named Rexel Technical Global Nigeria Limited.
“The consultant fixed everything including N1,000 fee which they claimed was administrative charge. Members of the board are ready to confront the minister any day, any time to prove to the entire nation that the Board was never part of the botched exercise,” said Tapgun.
He said by the records at the disposal of the Board,693,000 applicants registered for the recruitment exercise and paid N1,000 each to designated banks by the consultant.
Following the revelation by the board, Rep. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, head of Public Acounts Committee therefore summoned the Interior Minister and the consultant to appear before it and explain to the whole nation where they derived their powers to conduct illegal recruitment exercise without passing through the Board, how much was collected from the applicants and where the money was being kept.
According to him, they had summoned the Board before the unfortunate incident occurred when it was brought to its notice that applicants were being charged N1,000 each by the Nigeria Immigration Service for recruitment so that the board would account for the money so far collected.
“This is fraud, our children have been defrauded to the tune of a billion naira. The minister and the consultant must tell us the whole truth,” Olamilekan said.