Written by Williams ABAH

Candidates lament delay in UAS job placement


The ongoing recruitment in the United African States, UAS, an umbrella body for all African countries located in Abuja, has generated a lot of mixed reactions from candidates who applied for positions in the organization.

It was gathered that UAS has been recruiting job seekers into the organization since mid-2016, promising them that they will be contacted for induction training to be followed by issuance of placement letter.

Investigation revealed that the large number of candidates who had undergone the induction training and have also obtained placement letter which is the pre-requisite for job placement, but none of them has been deployed to work in the organization.

Most of the candidates described the situation as a scam, noting that the entire exercise fell below expectation as UAS management does not follow the guidelines stipulated in the recruitment form.

Reacting to this development, one of the staff with UAS, who does not want her name in print, said that all necessary logistics are ongoing to ensure that all successful candidates will be gainfully engaged in the organization.

When asked whether the Nigeria government is aware of the recruitment into the UAS, she said “government is aware of this recruitment, the United Nations Organization is also aware. I can authoritatively tell you that the relevant bodies are signatories to the existence and all the activities of the United African States, UAS, in Nigeria”.

A cross section of the candidates interviewed expressed worry over the stress they went through while documenting their application forms and credentials.

Mr. Chukwudi Okonta, one of the candidates said, “I have been coming to this office since February this year after I applied online. I was told to paid N1,000, to enable me obtain identity card and placement letter. As I speak, I have paid the money, and up till now my I.D card was not issued to me”.

Another candidate, Miss. Caroline Onuh, said “they asked us to paid N 1,000 for identity card and placement letter, some of the candidates have paid the money, and had obtained the placement letter, with full completion of the induction training, yet no body has been deployed into the organization to work”.  

Further investigation revealed that the influx of people into UAS on daily basis was massive, and they were all made to pay N1000 each before they can document for the recruitment exercise.

It was also gathered that the money paid by the prospective candidates were not paid into any designated bank, as the officers of the UAS were seen collecting money directly from the candidates and issued them the receipt for the payment.

Efforts to reach the Chief Executive Officer of the UAS in Nigeria proved abortive.


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