NEITI waiver from Federal Character- DG

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative ((NEITI) has said the Federal Character Commission (FCC) granted it a waiver to conduct its recent employment.

The waiver was awarded because of the voluminous applications that were received for the jobs.

Its Executive Secretary, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said this at the opening ceremony of the induction training for the organization’s new workers in Abuja.

The NEITI boss said the insinuation that the watchdog organization “hired without following due process is false, uninformed, misleading and lacking in fair hearing”.

He added: “The waiver granted to NEITI by the Federal Character Commission (FCC) was informed by huge volumes of applications the agency received in the course of the recruitment exercise.”

Orji explained that “four candidates who made the minimum score of 65 percent were considered strictly to address equity in federal character representation”.

The executive secretary also said 166 candidates were shortlisted and invited for interview, adding that from the huge number of applications, 166 candidates were shortlisted and invited for interviews.

Out of those shortlisted, 145 attended the interview, 18 were absent and three others were disqualified for integrity issues, which included failure to show proof of the mandatory one-year national service through the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and differences in age declarations.



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