Abuja - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said on Tuesday it neither recruited 6 000 officers in 2012 nor recruited at all during the same period, as being reported in the media.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commission had appeared alongside some federal agencies before the Senate Committees on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, and Labour and Employment investigating alleged employment irregularities.
During the probe, the Senate alleged that the commission recruited the officers in 2012, and described the exercise as ``faulty and illegal’’.
However, the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Jonas Agwu, said in a statement in Abuja that the ``FRSC has a centralised system of recruitment, training and deployment, all of which are carried out at the headquarters’’.
He explained that the commission had ``an approved establishment of 18 834 while its staff strength stood at 13 092.
``In view of this, an approval was sought and received from the Head of Civil Service to recruit in 2010, the exercise which was carried out in 2010/2011
``The FRSC also received approved establishment of 20 012 members of staff, upon which it sought and got a waiver from the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to recruit additional personnel.
``This approval was utilised in 2011 and the successful candidates were sent for training in December, 2011, which lasted up to February, 2012, and were issued appointment letters’’.
Agwu stated that it was the training of the candidates that spilled over to 2012 and not the recruitment of candidates, adding that “our policy on recruitment, training and deployment is such that we don’t issue appointment letters until a recruit/cadet passes out from the training camp’’.
On the issue of illegal recruitment, Agwu said ``FRSC has no record of such and our internal control mechanism does not allow such’’.
``For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to reiterate that the Corps did not recruit any staff in 2012 neither is the Corps involved in any form of recruitment scam,’’ the officer said.