Posted on Thu 7 Jan 2016, 03:53 AM
imo youths scammed by ministry of labour

From Nnamdi Ofonye, Owerri

Thousands of angry job seekers who were allegedly defrauded by officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour in Imo State Office,  have threatened to burn down the office of the Ministry located at the Federal Secretariat in Owerri, the Imo State capital,  if their monies were not refunded.

According to some of the applicants who thronged  the entire 2 storey building housing some federal ministries, departments and agencies in the state, alleged that they were made to part with between N2,000 to N5,000 before they could submit their CVs.

When our reporter visited the Federal Secretariat along Owerri/Port Harcourt road, the entire premises was rowdy as a large number of the Youths barricaded the entrance to the office of the Federal Ministry of Labour chanting anti government slogans.

One of the aggrieved job seekers, Simon Chidiebube, narrated how they were allegedly fleeced by the Ministry Officials.

He said, "the officials through their suspected syndicates often intercept job seekers who are usually identified with brown envelopes containing their CV at the entrance to the Federal Secretariat and demand for the money which is normally between N2,000.0 to N5,000 depending on the individuals power to bargain. This money they say is for administrative charges and to facilitate the recruitment.

"We then realised that we have been defrauded after the officials of the ministry locked up the office and refused to collect our CVs from us, saying that they no longer collect CVs".

The youths appealed to the appropriate authorities especially the Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr. Chris Ngige to urgently wade into the matter and see that they get back their monies so that it does not end up like the Immigration job scam of 2014.

Although it will be recalled that the Minister had announced that there was no recruitment exercise going on warning desperate job seekers to ignore such rumours.

Meanwhile efforts of HOMELAND NEWS to speak with the Officials of the Ministry were abortive as our reporter was not allowed entrance into the office of the Ministry. 

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