March 26, 2023

Dozens of youths yesterday stormed Tahir Guest Palace to protest alleged secret interview conducted by the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, for job placement.

The said exercise was conducted by the NPA Human Resource Manager, Bukar Yahaya, for selected applicants.

It was gathered that those invited converged at AbdulAzeez Yari Conference hall of Tahir Guest Palace.

The protesters led by Lukman Bashir, queried why he and others were not invited.

He alleged that the selected applicants were handpicked because they had connection to influential individuals in the society.

His words: “We got information of secret recruitment by NPA in Kano after a similar exercise in the North-East, and we stormed this place to ascertain from the Human Resource Manager why pharmacists are left out.”

Bashir appealed to the government to wade into the matter and make it open to all professionals, irrespective of background.

“I want to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to halt this glaring injustice against less-privileged Nigerians by making it open to qualify candidates”, he said.

It was also learned that the Kano secret recruitment was sequel to a similar exercise in the North-East last September.

However, the HR Manager denied comment.

“I’m a civil servant, I don’t have the authority to speak to the press”, Vanguard quoted Yahaya as saying.


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