Illegal Recruitments, Corruption And Extortions Rock Metallurgical Center, Jos

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Yakubu Busari

The Managing Director National Metallurgical Development centre, Jos Professor Ibrahim Abdullahi Madugu has been accused by the union of the center of illegal recruitment being carried out monthly since May without proper authority from Federal Government.

In a press statement made available to our correspondent by the Union name withheld stressed that the organization under the supervision of Professor Madugu engaged on illegal recruitments exercise which the affected staffs are presently undergoing documentation.

The statement stated that the alleged illegal recruitments by the Managing Director Professor Ibrahim Abdullahi Madugu is said to have put him on collision course with the three unions in the institute.

However, the three unions of the Association of Senior Staff Union Of Research Institutes (ASSURI) ,Non Academic Staff of Research Institute ,NASURI and Academic Staff Union 0f Research Institute,(NASURI) which gave him three week ultimatum to the Director General to either review or promote those staffs that are long overdue since he can recruit without following due process when anti-graft crusade of President Muhammad Buhari is on Place ,adding, he should equally hasten their own promotion for the benefit of all staff.

The statement noted that among the demand of the Union is the irregular promotion for staffs that are not qualify and those that are due for promotion were neglected with non payment of duty travelling allowance which amounted to millions of naira which the Director General enjoys constantly.

The statement revealed that most of the allegations of new illegally employed staff are cronies of the organization chief Executive in connivance with some staff in the office of the integrated personal payroll information system (IPPIS).

A source gathered that documentation exercise for the illegally recruited staff is on-going while staffs of Katsina state University are also on the payroll of the centre.

The statement explained,”Since the present Managing Director assumed duty ,there has been no any research work and development due to lack to lack of tools alleging that his continued stay is a disaster to the centre.

Similarly, electricity supply was said to have been cut off due to non payment which has further hampered the smooth running of the organization.

A confirmed source said undue process was carried out in hiring two guest houses at Utako and zone 4 all in Abuja respectively against government instructions not to engage in such expenses for office.

The three Unions alleged that among the four parastatals under the Ministry Of Solid Minerals, it is only the National metallurgical Development centre, Jos that is not carrying out its expected role of research development as a result of the non payment of Duty travelling Allowance DTA for the past four years.

This was described as unfortunate that when government is placing emphasis on solid mineral sub sector, managements of the institution are not handling the affairs with due diligent especially the recent incidence at the National metallurgical Training institute Enugu, where alleged mal-administration has lead to the shooting of four students.

The National Metallurgical Development centre ,Jos was established in 1976 and was set up on the agreement between united Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the benefit of Nigeria in particular and the West African sub-region in general in the area of Metallurgical Research and Development.

The statement called for proper investigation of NMDC by federal government on alleged issue of illegal recruitment and non compliance to payments of several years of arrears and allowances of the staff.

However, as the time of filing this report all efforts to get the contact to reach the Managing Director to confirmed proved abortive.

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