…Move against hasty and fraudulent recruitment
The Concerned officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have commended President Buhari for his swift intervention in sacking Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd following his dismal performance in the last five years. In a letter dated Thursday January 7, 2021 and signed by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, Abdallah was mandated to handover to the Secretary of the Agency on or before January 10, 2021.
HASTY RECRUITMENT Sequel to the receipt of the handover letter, the embattled outgoing Chairman, immediately ordered that letters be hurriedly dispatched to candidates to report to the NDLEA Academy in Jos for training on Monday January 11, 2021. This hasty move by Abdallah is mischievous and part of efforts to cover up the reckless misappropriation of the recruitment money released to him since 2019 as well as to thwart efforts at exposing the abnormalities that characterised the scandalous exercise.
It was equally gathered that most of the candidates currently being shortlisted for the eleventh hour training did not even apply for the job and sat for the entrance examination. This sad development did not only negates the principles of transparency but geared towards denying Nigerians equal opportunity in serving their country.
We the Concerned officers hereby pass a vote of no confidence in the Abdallah led recruitment exercise and passionately appeal to Mr. President to suspend the recruitment exercise to enable a forensic audit of the process in the interest of Justice and fair play.
Mr. President sir, it stands to reason that the urgency with which Abdallah released the names of candidates only after he got a letter to handover for an exercise that he was fully mobilised financially since 2019 is bedeviled with sinister intent to advance his selfish interest to the detriment of national security.
We hereby call for a comprehensive probe into the recruitment process beginning with the payment of sixty million naira to Em-Plug ICT firm for creating an online portal that lasted for only two weeks. The Agency ICT department offered to create the online portal for a token but was ignored by Abdallah.
There was no publication in the newspapers for ICT firms to bid for the creation of the recruitment portal. As a result we want the entire awards of recruitment contracts that did not follow the due process properly investigated. All successful candidates must be vetted and certified to have applied online, sat for the examination and passed. Otherwise, a fresh exercise must be conducted under a new dispensation.
DISTORTION OF SENIORITY LIST
As a paramilitary organization, seniority is sacrosanct but Abdallah has completely distorted the seniority list. Abdallah failed to conduct harmonization and proper placement of officers rather, he promoted juniors who are sycophants over their seniors who dare to tell him the truth. This has to be corrected to restore discipline in the Agency.
POSTING AND APPOINTMENT
There are many vacancies in command appointments that Abdallah refused to fill due to his administrative inaction. Every command ought to have a Commander and two assistants but over half of the command formations are having vacancies that Abdallah refused to fill. Again, many of the commanders have over stayed in a beat to the extent that their productivity is declining by the day yet he see no reason to replace them.
It is for the above and many other shortcomings that we are calling for a probe of Abdallah and the appointment of a competent leader to lead the Agency on the path of glory. We can not afford the costly price of another wasted five years.
Urgent steps must be taken to boost the morale of officers in reducing the escalating cases of drug trafficking and abuse in the country. This will ultimately address the growing drug challenges and improve the image of the country before our international partners.