The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has been accused of failing to approve the list of successful applicants for the 2022/2023 Nigerian Railway Corporation’s (NRC) recruitment exercise.
The corporation conducted the recruitment screening and interview concurrently on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s offices in Kano, Bauchi, Enugu, and Lagos.
In a chat with Parallel Facts, top officials in NRC, who pleaded to remain anonymous because of the issue’s sensitivity, said the recruitment exercise has been concluded. Still, the Minister is delaying the approval because he was only allocated 75 employment slots, which is small.
However, another source responding from the Federal Ministry of Transport denied the allegations of employment slots to the minister but claimed that the minister’s delayed approval is stalling the recruitment exercise.
All efforts by this reporter to speak to the Minister and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Fidel Okhiria, proved abortive, as their telephone lines were switched off at the time of filing this report.
With bated breath, applicants anxiously await the process to be completed before Muhammadu Buhari’s administration ends on May 29. In a phone conversation, an applicant said, “I hope they complete this whole stuff on time. I did my interview in Kano in January and have not heard from them. If they have given the slots to their people, courtesy demands they should communicate to us that we were not lucky to scale.
Recently, the NRC has expanded its activities with the arrival of new train corridors across the country. The Abuja-Kaduna, Itakpe-Agenebode-Uromi-Agbor-Warri, Lagos-Ibadan- Abeokuta, and Lagos-Kano lines are all active, moving thousands of Nigerians daily. Hence, the need for more staffing to boost productivity.