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Senate Gives Shippers Council a week ultimatum, for details of 2018 Recruitment

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Written by Maritime First

…A peep into why youths without godfathers don’t get job!***

The Senate on Thursday highlighted a desire to know if the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) made any recruitment in 2018, and to which extent Senators were able to foist on the Council, some members of their constituencies as input.

Already, the Senators have given the Shippers’ Council a one-week ultimatum to present details of such recruitment, if any; as well as identify such areas of input from members. 

Several brilliant Nigerian youths have remained unemployed, with some even committing suicide, not because they have not much to offer, but because they have no ‘Godfathers’ to push their ‘cards’.

It all came up, when the NSC appeared before the Senate committee for budget presentation in Abuja.

Specifically, Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) inquired on whether the council kept the Committee abreast on its 2018 recruitment.

“Mr chairman, my colleagues, our guests, if you look at their executive summary, page four, item number six, it focuses on enhancement of manpower, training and development.

“I presume that this enhancement also includes that you have to employ people and train them.

“I want to know if you have been employing people on the conditions; employing them and if this committee is aware and has made any input in their employment system,” orji said.

Responding, the Executive Secretary (E.S.) of Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, who was represented by Director, Strategic Planning and Research, Mr Ola Babafemi, said the 2018 budget of the organisation indicated that there would be employment in the course of that year.

“There was a differential in the number of staff that was indicated in 2017 and that of 2018.

“And the budget was passed accordingly, indicating that there is a number of staff that this distinguished committee approved for employment in the course of 2018.

“In the course of the year, there were some recruitment and the details of this is actually something I may not be able to clearly state precisely now,” he said.

Consequently, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine and Transport, Sen. Ahmed Sani issued a directive that the Council management should appear next week before the Committee, following the inquiry. 

The committee chairman, Sani, further directed, that the council should get the details of the employment across to the committee.

”Please, can you give us the details, let us know the number of people employed and the categories.

“We will also want to have details of the outstanding vacancies because the E.S. told us that there are outstanding positions.

“This information should be given to us in one week, by Tuesday next week,” he remarked.

Corroborating, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Sen. Suleiman Ogembe, stressed that the committee was unaware of any recruitment in the organisation.

“As an addendum to my colleague’s question, I can say categorically that this committee is not aware of any employment as of today.

“Because as vice chairman of the committee, with all due respect to the chairman, he has given me all the privilege to attend to most of these things, so no member of this committee is aware of any employment at Shippers’ Council.

“Although there was an arrangement that was done at a particular time, nothing came out of it.

“So Mr Chairman sir, I think you will need to request for the nominal roll of Shippers’ Council,” he said.

According to Ogembe, this is part of our system and part of the budget presentation.

In the meantime, the Senate has confirmed Dr. Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a second term. This was sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari’s nod for his reappointment. 

Emefiele was on Wednesday screened by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions.

Emefiele was appointed CBN Governor on June 2, 2014; the tenure is to lapse on June 2, 2019.

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