Malpractice, irregularities trail Niger teachers recruitment



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Malpractice, irregularities trail Niger teachers recruitment

By Justina Asishana – Minna



Controversies are trailing the recent recruitment of primary school teachers by the Niger state Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), forcing most of the candidates to fight over the list of successful candidates.

It was also gathered others are selling their appointment letters for as high as N100,000.



The Nation learnt that the list showed the names have no corresponding identification number to enable candidates identify their names despite the fact that the candidates were given registration and examination numbers.

This created a situation where three to four people lay claim to one name with NSUBEB officials confused on who to give appointment letters.

Sources who spoke to The Nation revealed that because a lot of people share identical names in the state, many applicants have been claiming that some names belong to them, including those who didn’t partake in the examination process.

It was also gathered that due to some irregularities in the appointment and the threat of re-screening by the House of Assembly, a lot of candidates have begun selling their appointment letters for N50,000 to N100,000.

Those involved in selling their appointment letters, The Nation gathered, have been given appointment letters from local government areas apart from the local government area they originally came from.

This development was confirmed by the Chairman, Committee on Labour and Productivity in the Niger House of Assembly, Honorable Malik Madaki Bosso, who further disclosed there had been a general outcry across the state over the recruitment and appointment of the primary school teachers.

He said that it has been discovered that majority of the people who participated in the examination did not see their names while the majority of those whose names appeared were those who did not undergo the examination.

Bosso stated that the names also do not have any security attached to it, meaning anybody can lay claim to a name as long as he or she bears such name.

“The names that appeared as being successful in the recruitment exercise have no security attached to it. You know in Niger state, you can see about ten people bearing the same name, it is common in the state.

“In this situation, anyone can lay claim on the name especially as everybody is claiming the name belongs to him/her. The name should give had an identification number which should either be their examination number or registration number, a certain number that was used for registration but this was not done.

“I have had complaints from people from Suleja, Chachanga, Bosso, Bida and other constituencies. Like in Chachanga, there is a name Suleiman Abubakar and currently, three people are claiming the name and there is no way one is certain that the name belongs to any of them because there is no security attached to it,” he stated.

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The Chairman, Niger House of Assembly Committee on Education, Suleiman Gambo Rabiu, said that the Legislators had an interface with the officials of NSUBEB during which the education body was directed to stop the release of appointment letters but the directive was not adhered to.

He added that flaunting of directives has led to chaos in the state due to the way and manner the names of successful candidates were released.

“We are the ones who approve and appropriate the funds that will be used to pay these teachers so we do not see any reason why we see any we see irregularities in the recruitment process and give a directive and the directive would be disrespected,” he stressed.

Rabiu disclosed that a lot of the employees have started seeking a transfer for their employment even before they started the documentation process.

The legislators further stated that the two committees have resolved that the documentation exercise is suspended until a documentation committee is set up to conduct screening and verification of the candidates.

Efforts to get the Secretary of the Niger state Universal Basic Education Board proved abortive.

He didn’t pick his calls or replied to text messages sent to him.

Malpractice, irregularities trail Niger teachers recruitment

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