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Disquiet in NYSC over promotions - Ministry queries DG, warns of ‘major crisis’


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motions and appointments of senior officers at the National Youths Service Corps headquarters in Abuja is causing disquiet over allegations of bias towards a section of the country, Daily Trust investigations revealed.

 

Already, the Federal Ministry of Youths has written a letter to the NYSC director-general Brigadier General Nnamdi Okorie-Affia, demanding for explanation over “alleged lopsidedness in the recently concluded promotion/appointment exercise of directors”.

 

The ministry warned of “a major labour crisis” brewing at the NYSC over the issue.

Official documents available to Daily Trust appear to show that deployments of departmental directors, state coordinators and heads of divisions favoured states of the Southeast, which happens to be the region that the NYSC chief comes from.

Of the 11 departmental directors at the NYSC headquarters, Anambra has the biggest share with three, while Enugu has one, making a total of four for the Southeast.

But Edo, Cross River, Ekiti and Osun states have one director each, while only three are from the whole North, i.e. one each from Adamawa, Kebbi and Kogi states.

Also, the documents show that some states are left out in the appointments of state coordinators even when there are states that produced up to three state directors. Anambra, Imo and Abia have at least two slots each, but Yobe, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Nasarawa and Katsina have none.

Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno, Plateau, Kwara, Gombe, Benue, Taraba have one slot each, while Kogi, Adamawa have two each, according to a document with reference number NYSC/DG/158/S.21/VOL.IV/694, dated April 30, 2012, and signed by the director-general.

This development has generated controversy with protests lodged at the supervising ministry, the Federal Ministry of Youths Development, which attempted to wade in by writing a letter to the NYSC chief.

“It came to our notice of the Honourable minster through a publication in the ministry’s portal web that there was tension that threatened the stable industrial harmony in the National Secretariat of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme, due to alleged lopsidedness in the recently concluded promotion/appointment exercise of directors,” said the letter, which was dated April 17, 2012, with reference number FMYD/GEN/146/T.III/146 and signed by the ministry’s permanent secretary Baba Umar Faruk.

“Similarly, the ministry observed that since the dissolution of boards of Federal Government Agencies, the National Directorate of the scheme has never submitted its requests for expenditures that require board’s approval to the Ministry for clearance.

“In order to avert a major labour crisis in the NYSC Directorate and ensure that all staff that participated in the last promotion exercise were fairly treated, coupled with need for Directorate to comply with all due process procedures in spending public funds as provided in the financial regulations and Fiscal Responsibility Act, it became necessary for the ministry to intervene.

“In view of the foregoing therefore, you are kindly requested to submit the following to the Ministry for authentication: (i) Report of the last promotion exercise to the position of directors with staff disposition list; (ii) Nominal Roll of the Directorate level staff (iii) Details of all expenditures of the Directorate since the dissolution of its board.

“These documents are to be submitted with immediate effect.”

It was not clear by last week whether the director-general replied to the ministry’s letter, but sources said the contentious promotions and postings have not been reversed.

When Daily Trust contacted a spokesman for the Youth Development minister, Mr. Muhammed Idris, he said the issue is “an internal problem which should be resolved with the NYSC.”

The spokesperson initially asked for the questions Daily Trust had so he would pass them to the minister. But after he was given the questions, he later called and said: “The issue is NYSC’s internal problem. The PRO of the scheme should be contacted for more information and details concerning that and not the ministry.”

When our reporter contacted the NYSC public relations officer Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, she said she was not aware of any such promotions and also not aware of any petition against the director general.

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