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IYC raises alarm over hijack of Bayelsa Employment slots at Federal Interior Ministry

The umbrella body of Ijaw Youths Worldwide, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has raised an alarm over the hijack and illegal sales of employment slots meant for indigenes of Bayelsa State in Federal Ministries and parastatals to strange and unknown names as beneficiaries, urging the Federal Government to halt the ongoing processes of recruitments which they described as faulty and suspicious.

The National Spokesman of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) worldwide, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, in a statement on Wednesday, expressed concern over the list of beneficiaries of the employment slots meant for Bayelsa Indigenes at the Federal Ministry of Interior including the Civil Defence Corps, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services.

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Investigation conducted by the Ijaw Youths Council showed that in the list released from the Federal Ministry of Interior led Rauf Aregbeshola, showed that it is either hijacked by employment racketeers or sold out by those involved in the recruitment processes to Northern and South-Eastern indigenes.

Comrade Ekerefe called on the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbeshola to order a halt to the recruitment processes into the identified departments and review the list of beneficiaries from Bayelsa and other states of the Niger Delta region.

Ekerefe noted that despite the discovery and calls for correction, the Minister of Interior should liase with the State Government through the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to source for names of genuine and qualified Bayelsa indigenes to avoid pitfalls of employment racketeering and fraud.

He also called on members of the National Assembly elected to represent various constituencies of the state to brace up and counter the fake list and names attributed as beneficiaries of the ongoing employment opportunities by the Federal Government. He described the employment scam and hijack of Bayelsa indigene slots as a matter of Urgent National Importance.

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