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PEF: Only 17 of 200 persons employed from Niger Delta – CSOs vow to protest

The Coalition for Good Governance and Rule of Legislation, a physique civil society group, has introduced plans lead a protest over alleged lopsided recruitment by Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) Administration Board.

Final week, the New Initiative for Credible Management (NICREL) demanded the resignation of the Government Secretary, Ahmed Bobboi.

NICREL alleged that of the 200 individuals employed, solely 17 individuals have been from the oil-producing states

The group stated Akwa Ibom received 2 slots, Bayelsa 4, Cross-River 2, Delta 3, Edo 0, Ondo 0 and Rivers 2, whereas Adamawa received 16, Bauchi 9, Borno 13, Kano 19, and Katsina 14.

In a letter to Bobboi, Ikpa Isaac, convener of the coalition, stated the current occasions in PEF have been able to defeating the rules of social cohesion in Nigeria.

He famous that the conduct of the parastatal ought to mirror the spirit of nationalism and provides all Nigerians equal alternative no matter spiritual or ethnic affiliations.

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“You might want to be reminded that the current recruitment train by your group certainly is the peak of insensitivity to the nationwide curiosity in Nigeria and a sign that your motives are geared in direction of fulfilling the whims and caprices of a bit of the nation and towards our collective pursuits as a rustic.

“It’s on file that within the lately performed recruitment train underneath your watch, you intentionally entrenched a regime of nepotism the place out of 200 individuals supplied employment on July 13 and 14, 2020, solely 17 individuals have been employed from sure oil-producing states, whereas 173 individuals got here from non-oil producing states.”

The letter stated the anomaly indicated that the PEF management was disjointed and never in tune with the peculiarities of the time that require a degree enjoying floor for all residents.

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“Your actions have been based mostly on favoritism and ethnicity on the expense of meritocracy which does argue nicely for the continued peace and unity in Nigeria. Below your watch, some areas of the nation have been shortchanged and denied their quota within the recruitment train.”

The coalition stated the event was able to setting the nation “on a harmful path of disintegration”.

Isaac stated if Bobboi did not resign from workplace or reverse the lopsided recruitment, “which is a transparent breach of the embargo on recruitment by Mr. President”, the CSOs would occupy the Presidential Villa, the SGF’s workplace and the PEF headquarters.

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