We Lost N4.2bn To FG’s Employment Scam – Protesters Tell NASS

Rotimi Akinwumi

Thousands of able bodied young men and women stormed the National Assembly yesterday in protest over what they considered as employment scam perpetrated against them by the Federal government.

The youths who said they were 51,000 in number, recruited and trained as Federal Task Force under the immediate past administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan said they collectively lost a total sum of N4,029,000,000 to the employment scam.

The angry young men and women caused a stir at the National Assembly yesterday as the thousands, all dressed in black shirt and khaki trousers marched on the gate of the National Assembly, singing songs of protests.

They were coordinated under the aegis of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) and Paths of Peace Initiative.

ccording to them, they were recruited from the 36 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory as the Task Force Officers by the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, but were abandoned after they were given paramilitary trainings.

The group who sang different songs at the main gate of the National Assembly decried the way and manner the present administration dumped them after they had been “properly recruited by the previous administration and money extorted from them”

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The leader of the protesters who identified himseld as Comrade Dandy Eze, who spoke on behalf of Paths of Peace Initiatives alleged violation of rights of the affected Nigerians by virtue of the fact that having been engaged by the Presidency and were trained as paramilitary Federal Task Force under the Sure-P and

FERMA scheme, they have been abandoned without being paid their entitlement in the last 3 years.
According to him, “We are protesting violation and abuse of fundamental human rights of 51,000 Nigerians who were recruited from the 36 States of the Federation including Abuja,”

He alleged that top echelon in Jonathan administration extorted the sum of  N4.29billion as logistics from unsuspecting applicants only to discover that it was a scam 3 years after.

“These innocent Nigerians were tricked into this job without any feeling that it could be an organized fraud considering the high calibre of the people involved in the scam.

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“Their names and positions have been uncovered and forwarded to the appropriate authorities, because these officials extorted the sum of N4,029,000,000.00, that was said to have been for employment form, I. D. Card, medical test and training kits,” they lamented.
The Commandant of the Task Force, Moss Garba appealed to the National Assembly to intervene by making sure that they were paid their entitlements, and reinstate them having been trained as paramilitary officers.

“We were trained as Task Force officers with mandate to enforce, recovery of federal government properties, right of way, setbacks eradication traffic control, monitoring and evaluation, so we want Senate’s intervention for our payment and reinstatement,” he said.
Meanwhile, a security operative attached to the National Assembly who pleaded not to be mentioned, was seen attending to the protesters, assuring them of Senate President’s concern for their plight.”