Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, (FCSC) , Deaconess Joan Ayo,on Monday denied the insinuations making the rounds that members of staff of the commission were involved in money-for-job scandal.
The Commission boss made the declaration while defending the 2012 budget performance and presented the 2013 proposal before the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Services Matters.
Shortly before the presentation, the vice chairman of the committee, Senator Babafemi Ojudu said some staff of the commission were allegedly compelling young job seekers to part with as much as over half a million to get placement in the federal civil service.
Ojudu, who told the FCSC boss and two of the commissioners that accompanied her to the National Assembly for the budget defense said, “Such a rumour is not good for the image of this committee, it is not good for the image of your commission and the image of the country, so, I see this avenue as the best for you to clear the air and put the issue straight.
However, the FCSC chairman said she was hearing of the rumour for the first time, claiming that she had been receiving commendations from prominent Nigerians for the transparency with which she had been handling the affairs of the commission.
When Senator Ojudu insisted that the rumour was rife, she retorted by saying that the commission, under her supervision, had zero tolerance for corruption and corrupt practices.
While challenging the senator to show prove of the alleged money-for-job, insisted that it was necessary as her honour and integrity were at stake.
Speaking further on the rumour, she said out of the 4, 034 directorate cadre that wrote the promotion examination, 1,229 were promoted, purely on merit.
“The result has been released and not a single person can say he passed because he offered anything to anybody. You passed because you did well and you failed because you didn’t perform well. The examination was fraud-free.”
The committee also took her up on the decision to stop examination for promotion for civil servants, saying she took the decision without carrying the committee along.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Alloysius Etok, said such a decision ought to have been taken with the active involvement of the committee.
She however defended her action, saying an invitation was extended to the committe last year to attend the workshop where the decision was taken to replace examination with performance-contracting exercise which she said was part of the reform agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration which the FCSC had to key in to.
However, Senator Ojudu insisted that she would have had a much neater job if she had written a letter to the Senate committe to inform it of the decision.