Reps Ask Tinubu To Lift Embargo On Employment

The House of Representatives has urged the President Bola Tinubu to lift the embargo on employment in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government.

Consequently, the House urged the Federal Civil Service Commission and other relevant bodies to immediately act upon the President’s directive in this regard.

This was as the House adopted a motion moved Hon. Francis Ejiroghene Waive from Delta State at plenary on Wednesday.

Moving the motion, Waive said the immediate past administration had placed an embargo on employment in Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.

He said the 9th House had passed a resolution calling on the then President to lift the embargo on employment, and there were reports on social media that the action was taken but there is no evidence of any employment taking place whatsoever.

“Aware that for several years there has not been any employment in the Civil Service of the
Federation, thereby creating a shortage of manpower, especially in the junior and middle-level cadre as officers are promoted and some retire and others die.

“Concerned that the withdrawal of subsidy on petroleum products has increased the hardship of
jobless Nigerian youths and appreciates the measures planned by the President to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

“Believes that a lifting of the embargo on employment and going ahead to employ young qualified Nigerians should be a part of Mr. President’s rescue measures as some of the savings from the
removal of the subsidy could be used in this direction,” Waive added.

Meanwhile, the House resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the non-remittances to National Housing Fund and utilisation of the fund from 2011 till date.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Zakaria Dauda Nyampa from Adamawa at plenary on Wednesday.

Nyampa expressed concern that there seems to be a gross default in the utilisation and remittance of the National Housing Fund which constitutes an offence under section 20 of the NHF Act.

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