A Nigeria agency, Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), is alleged to be selling a single slot of recruitment placement for N800k. Saddled with the responsibilities of providing measures against threat and any form of attack or disaster against the nation and her citizenry, the agency has been caught in the act of job racketeering.
The requirement in the recruitment process is for qualified applicants to apply through the agency portal while the selection is done on merit. This practice has since been thrown away and slots sold to the highest bidders.
To perfect the act, senior officials of the agency share the slots among themselves and sell to those who can afford the price.
An official of the Corps who spoke to our reporter thinking he is seeking a recruitment placement boastfully said he has been in the business of job racketeering in the agency for over five years.
He gave the assurance of giving a slot to our reporter if he can afford the sum of N800k but warned he does not collect payment through bank transactions and collects only cash.
“I have been on this deal for over five years, nobody ever paid me through the bank, I collect cash, and be assured you will get the job, he told our reporter.
Asked why he does not collect money through bank transactions, he said that is dangerous and incriminating, describing those who collect money through bank transactions as unintelligent people who are not smart.
A senior official of the agency who works in the recruitment section told WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) that a slot is sold for N1 million, N800K and N600K respectively, depending on the grade and levels of placement applicant is seeking.
Those who have Bachelor degrees, Higher National Diploma pay between N1 million and N800k while those with National Diploma and National Certificate for Education (NCE) pay N600k, the senior official told this newspaper.
Mr. Oliver, a mechanic at Kubwa area of Abuja, narrated to this newspaper how he paid N800k to get a slot placement for his wife who is a graduate of Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
“I pleaded with their Oga to collect N600k, but he rejected the offer and told me, some pay as much as N1.5 million for this job, I am just helping you, he told our reporter.
Miss. Juliet narrated how she paid the sum of N600k since last year and was unsuccessful, but the money was carried over to this year by a top official of the agency who promised to give her job using the amount she paid last year.
Mr. Johnson narrated how he paid the sum of N800k to secure a slot for his wife who finished from the University of Benin (Uniben). “The first payment was N500k and later N300k”, he said.
Oguche who said he has been swindled narrated his experience of how a top official of the agency collected the sum of N1.5 million from him to give the job to two of his siblings, a boy and girl, both of them university graduates.
Despite paying the money, the job was not given and money not returned, he told this newspaper at his office at Wuse II, Abuja.
A senior official of the Corps who did not want his name mentioned told WAR, job racketeering has become a norm at the agency.
“Is either you have money or connection, otherwise you will not be given any slot”, he said.
Before now, I can help get the job for ordinary level holders – those who have secondary school as their highest qualification, but I can no longer do that despite I am a senior ranking officer, he added.
When WAR sought the agency explanation regarding the sale of placement slots, they declined to comment. Although a senior official of the agency who spoke on the condition of anonymity said jobs are being sold, she said many of those who pay money end up losing their money and no job is offered.