Hundreds of unemployed have beseiged the office of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Marina, to express their grievances over the refusal of the ports’ management, to
employ them, almost two years after, it asked them to submit applications
for jobs, Bold News has learnt.
NPA has its Corporate Head Office, in Marina, Victoria Island,Lagos. Incidentally, the offices, provides accommodation for
key maritime institutions, including workers of
The ports authority had, in April 2019, opened its recruitment portal and subsequently requested that graduates, who are interested in taking up careers in maritime and related fields, apply for jobs.
However, nothing seems
to have happened, as job seekers, mostly graduates, complained that they are being neglected by the Hammed-Ali led management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The issue, Bold News, further gathered, has generated controversy, as it has pitched the management against some top government functionaries.
One of the candidates, who gave his name, as Emmanuel, said that politicians are offering bribes to the officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority, bribes with a view to get slots for their candidates.
He said: ” Since our interview months ago, we have not been notified whether we have been employed or not. The only thing we keep on hearing, from the ports authority, is that we should not give bribes to anybody on the issue. However, some politicians offer as much as N1million to get slots for their candidates.”
Asked whether the problems in the country, resorted in their non- employment, he replied in affirmative.
” No. Neither the country’s political, nor economic situations affected our recruitment. Before the discovery of Covid 19, some parastaltals owned by the Federal Government, directed people to apply for jobs and shortlisted the names of the names of the qualified candidates. But in the case of the Nigerian Maritime Authority, there was nothing like that. ” he added.
Also, a shipping agent, Mr Dimeji Adeniji, said the premises of the ports, are filled with all manners of people, seeking jobs.
He said corruption has become an integral part of the society, adding that Nigerians, as a matter of necessity, must bribe their way through, before they do anything.”