Some operatives in the Federal Capital Territory’s Department of Science and Technology in Utako have been confirmed to be selling employment offers to applicants at the rate of N300,000 each.
According to informed sources, the selling of the employment offer is being perpetrated by middle level staff with the connivance of the top level operatives who are in the habit of looking the other way.
It was gathered that recently, about 100 employment opportunities, mainly in the teaching line, were created to absorb those that have been working as Parents Teachers Association staff in various schools under the Department.
However, the corrupt operatives cornered the opportunities by selling the offers to the highest bidders.
It was gathered that most of the people who ended up buying the offers were children of wealthy ones who have not been in the system and who are not qualified for the job.
An aggrieved PTA staff who has been working in one of the schools for the past three and half years said: “Those who were offered the jobs and posted to the various schools are so young and inexperienced that it might affect the education standards of the schools involved.
“Because of greediness and corruption, those who have been working under the PTA for over three years and who are supposed to be the automatic beneficiaries of the offers have been sidelined.”
It was learnt that a similar situation occurred some years back in the FCT Secondary Education Board, but that it eventually led to the identification of the perpetrators who were later sacked with ignominy.
The Department of Science and Technology was created from the SEB few years ago to take special care of science and technology education.
Efforts to get the Director of the Department, Rosemary Umana, to comment on the sales of the employment offers by people under her proved abortive as she was said to be out of the office for more than five times such attempts were made.