News Investigators/ Some senior officials of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), have accused the chairman of the commission, Farida Dankaka of job racketeering and other malfeasances.
The officials who are commissioners representing some states in the agency alleged that Mrs Dankaka have been ”selling jobs” in dollars in Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of Government.
The commissioners who appeared before the House of Representatives Ad hoc committee investigating MDA and parastatal and Tertiary Institutions on employment racketeering in Abuja, expressed surprise that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to probe the allegations even when it was petitioned.
They accused EFCC of conniving with Mrs Dankaka to stop the petition written against her on job racketeering.
“We petitioned the EFCC to investigate her but to our dismay nothing has been done.
“Job seekers pay as low s N750, 000 and as high as N 7 million depending on the MDAs where the jobs are being sought.”
“The money from the various accounts are transferred into the main account in Access bank.
The commissioners alleged that the chairman often moved her son from one lucrative agencies to the other.
Some of the commissioners who made the allegations include: Abdulrasaq Adeoye, FCC, commissioner, representing Osun, James Dan’iya, representing Kwara.
Others are Abdulwasiu Bawa-Allah, representing Lagos State, Moses Anaughe, representing Delta, Mamman Alakayi, representing Nasarawa among others.
Mrs Dankaka in her reaction to the allegations said accused the commissioners of corruption.
According to her, “when you fight corruption, corruption will fight back, this is what is happening at the commission.
“I did not come to make money, but to serve my father land, what some of them are looking for is money, before I come here, I have made my money, some of them have their reasons for attacking me.
“For instance, Osun commissioners is always in my office, what they are accusing me of is not true, ” she said.
Mrs Dankaka said before she came into office in July 2020, all the commissioners were selling jobs, adding that her refusal to join the fray spurred their anger against her.
According to her, for instance, the commissioner representing, Osun bought a property and told the person that he will be paying with job slots.
This according to her necessitated her letters to MDAs that if they do not see her signature , they should not honour any letter from any commissioner.
The chairman said she refused their offered to compromise, adding that she would be the last person to sell job., adding that the commissioners were behind all the campaign of calumny in the media.
On the issue of EFCC, she said the agency wanted to employ personnel and got the approval, adding that at no time did she compromise.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Gagdi Yusuf, however said that the committee would no be part of politics of any agencies, “we will do our job and justice will be done.”
He queried why document relating to the activities of the commission in terms of employment would be said to have been missing.