The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to the editorial comment of the Punch Newspaper of Sunday 24th March, 2013, captioned “Fraudulent Recruitment Schemes in MDAs”. The thrust of the Newspaper’s write up is that there is
a “wide spread bribe-for-employment scandal rocking many Federal Ministries, Agencies and Departments…..”. The Editorial Comment states further that “….. Many MDAs, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service, Military organizations and the Nigeria Customs Service, have been engaging in this illegal act of requesting job seekers to buy scratch cards before they can gain online access to fill their application forms ….”
We wish to inform the Editorial Board of the Punch Newspaper, in particular and the reading public in general, that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not involved in the employment of officers to the Ministry as this is the statutory responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission. Therefore, asking applicants to buy scratch cards and pay “hundreds of thousands of naira for non-existent jobs” does not arise. The new officers employed into the Ministry by the Federal Civil Service Commission have only just assumed duties, having completed a one-week long induction and orientation programme, organised by the Ministry, in line with extant practice.
In informing and educating the public on government and governance, media organizations must strive to do their research assiduously before going public with their opinions. Not doing so constitutes a great disservice to their own credibility and the sacred duty of nation building, to which the fourth estate of realm, is a partner.
Public Communication Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Tafawa Balewa House
25th March, 2013