Group Vowed To Protest Against Recruitment Exercises by FCT-IRS
…..calls For the sack of the Board Chairman, accuse agency of N30,000,000 Employments Scandal.
Indigenous civil society organization in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Project (AGP) and Abuja Original Inhabitants Youths Empowerment Organizations (AOIYEA) has vowed to stage a protest condemning the decision of the Board Chairman, FCT- Internal Revenue Service(FCT-IRS), Alhaji Abdullahi Attah to relegate FCT indigenes to a tthird-classtreatment following the recruitment of staff into the agency.
The group questioned the rationale behind giving the opportunities meant for FCT indigenes. The slots given to the natives of Abuja were meager, called on the FCT minister Malam Musa Bello to immediately sack of the FCT-IRS) chairman over what they described as lopsided recruitment thereby shortchanging the people of the FCT indigenes and civil society organizations.
The coordinator of (AGP) Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf and Commandant Isaac David (AOIYEO) who both made this known in a press conference yesterday, called on the agency to immediately reverse the decision by increasing slots of FCT natives. “We have decided to shut down the office of FCT-IRS on Monday by staging a massive protest in front of the gate of the Minister of FCT agency. Because, we are not happy with the recruitment exercise done by the agency.
“We as the host community accommodating the agency, should be treated with respect and given more slots for our people to benefit. We have qualified people that can fill any position in any agency in Nigeria. We cannot not be treated as if we are nobody in our land. This should stop,” he said.
According to Yusuf, apart from the fact that slots have been taken away from FCT natives and given to other Nigerians without considering how it would affect the people, no grassroots civil society organisation was considered to be given a slot.
“The truth is that we are not comfortable with the way and manner we are been marginalized by this agency called FCT-IRS, the natives are not recognized as member of the board not even one person is among the board members he added and that the grassroots Indigenous civil society organisations are not given priority in the scheme of things, when they are the ones fighting for rights and justice to be upheld in the society.
“We have been taken for granted for too long and it has to stop. We are calling on the Minister of FCT and the federal government to correct this anomaly and ensure that indigenous people of FCT be treated well like other Nigerians, because we can not be a second class citizen in our own country and community.
“We as indigenous groups followed with keen interest that six months after the boards and parastatals in the FCT administration were inaugurated by FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, that N30 million employment scandal rocked the FCT Internal Revenue Service Board and they could not come out with any single defense on the allegations.
“We then gathered that some unscrupulous top management staff of FCT-IRS collected the sum of N200,000 each from 150 unsuspecting applicants, totaling N30 million with a promise to employ them in the revenue service.
“However, following this allegation, nobody said anything about it till date and that is part of the reason we are calling for the removal of the FCT-FIRS Chairman, because by this time on Monday, we will mobilize to protest against the unending impunity going on in the agency without any higher authorities questioning it,” he said.