Nigeria threatens to leave ECOWAS over nepotistic recruitment

Nigeria has issued a threat to withdraw its membership from the Economic Community of West African States. Nigeria currently houses the headquarters of ECOWAS and remains a major financial contributor to the regional bloc. The Nigerian lawmakers said the West African nation is yet to realize any significant gains despite its major support to ECOWAS since…

– Advertisement –<ins class=”adsbygoogle” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8418745309882975″ data-ad-slot=”1947517971″ data-ad-format=”auto” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins>

Nigeria has issued a threat to withdraw its membership from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The threat of withdrawal according to Nigeria is due to what it alleges to be lopsided staff recruitments.

Nigerian representatives at the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja claim some principal officers in the regional bloc have allegedly defied a directive to suspend the ongoing recruitment exercise.

The directive was issued by at the 2022 First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament.

But Nigerian representatives say the said illegal process of some principal officers recruiting their relatives and cronies is still ongoing.

– Advertisement –<ins class=”adsbygoogle” data-ad-layout=”in-article” data-ad-format=”fluid” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8418745309882975″ data-ad-slot=”5078940166″></ins>

Nigeria currently houses the headquarters of ECOWAS and remains a major financial contributor to the regional bloc.

The Nigerian lawmakers said the West African nation is yet to realize any significant gains despite its major support to ECOWAS since its inception in 1975.

Leader of the Nigerian delegation to the Parliament and the First Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Ahmed Idris Wase is reported by local media to have said that it has become imperative that Nigeria reviews its relevance and membership of the bloc.

“If you are in a system, and you are not getting the right results where you are investing your money, it pays best to walk out of the union.

– Advertisement –<ins class=”adsbygoogle” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8418745309882975″ data-ad-slot=”6812831845″ data-ad-format=”auto” data-full-width-responsive=”true”></ins>

“In a situation where we are having an infrastructural deficit and witnessing security challenges, why should we continue to invest our money where it will not benefit our country.

“Yes, we will pull out if we don’t get the desired result from this,” Wase is quoted as saying.

He said the lawmakers “are asking for justice not just for Nigerians alone, but for the entire ECOWAS community. That is what MPs are asking for. There are few countries that want to run ECOWAS like a cabal but we will not tolerate that.”

In July this year, the Nigerian Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Musa Nuhu, wrote to the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, to complain about nepotistic employment scandal at ECOWAS.

The letter was titled, “Formal Complaint About Unfair Treatment and Confirmation of Staff at the ECOWAS Parliament.”

Nuhu wrote in the letter that, “I have the honour to refer to our verbal discussion on the above subject matter and formally inform you that the attention of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Commission has been drawn to a number of complaints by Nigerian staff working at the ECOWAS Parliament. The grievances border around stagnation and overlooking of staff already working in the parliament in favour of outsiders in the ongoing recruitment for divisional heads and professional staff.”

The also indicated that “This action directly contravenes the recommendations of the 30th meeting of the ECOWAS Administrative and Finance Committee as well as the position of the Council of Ministers, which directed that internal candidates should be prioritised in filling existing vacancies in ECOWAS institutions, as recommended in the Staff Skills Audit Report.”

Source: Africafeeds.com

Source: Africa Feeds

The post Nigeria threatens to leave ECOWAS over nepotistic recruitment appeared first on The Maravi Post.

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.