The Presidency has stated that illegal, large scale and indiscriminate covert recruitments were going on in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs).

A circular by the acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Habiba Lawal to the Chief of staff to the President, National Assembly, service chiefs, heads of ministries and agencies among others, warned culpable MDAs that their acts will not go unpublished.

The memo titled, “Streamlining procedures for recruitment into federal agencies”,

while condemning the scam, noted that if the practices continued unabated without reference to budgetary provisions and due process, government was at risk of owing workers salaries, budget shortfalls and the threat of increasing the cost of payroll, which was already over 40 per cent of total government expenditure.

It said government has seen the need to take drastic action to arrest the situation in view of the current economic situation facing the country.

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