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The appointment of Director of Finance and Investment – a Level 16 officer or Deputy Director to head Level 17 Officer or a Director in NIPOST is described as not only an abuse to the laid down rules of the Nigerian Civil Service but setting a bad precedent for the future of the organization.
NIPOST staff said, these lopsided appointments of top management in NIPOST headquarters have grossly violated federal character representation under Dr. Adebayo Ismail Adewusi administration.
According to a staff of NIPOST, who did not wish to have his name in print, “This is the first time we are seeing a complete disregard to lay down procedure and they are doing it with impunity in NIPOST. Staff are not happy with this development as only one region is having all the juicy appointments. It is sad but the people who are supposed to fight this are supposedly involved.”
He said, the coming of the PostMaster General has changed the direction of NIPOST from a national inclination to a regional one. “We have written petitions and we are going to fight this with the hope that this tribalistic attitude will not continue for the future of this organisation.”
While showing a petition written to government and agencies fighting misdoings in organisations, it was observed that the same Finance Director Mrs. Roseline Olurinola was also alleged in the petition to have been operating a GTBank account No. 0024254992 where she was alleged to award contracts to herself using different companies.
The Petition, which was alledgedly send to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, The Secretary to the Government of Federation, The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, EFCC, ICPC and Transparency International seeking their intervention in the NIPOST administration particularly called for the EFCC to come in and investigate Mrs. Roseline by checking into her accounts before her ascending to the current position of Director of Finance in NIPOST.
“We believe this will open a CAN of worms on the management especially the NIPOST Boss, Dr. Islmail Adewusi. For example, to mention a few juicy positions given to a particular tribe and his associates contrary to civil service rules are the positions of Directors: Finance and Investment, NPI, EMS, Bulkpost, Philatelic, Mails, E-Commerce, Courier and Regulatory as well as Manager- IMPC to mentioned but a few.” Another source told Our Correspondent.
According to him, there are a lot of scandal presently in NIPOST which calls for urgent intervention as staff are being fed up with issues of sectionalism and tribalism in the organisation which are being promoted by the current management in NIPOST
“Petitions have been written and sent to various federal government establishments. We have made copies to the SGF, HOS, EFCC and ICPC as well as the Transparency International. However, we were informed that a certain individual in the government wants ICPC to downplay action over our petition, which is already undergoing investigation of persons involved.” He added
Our Correspondent, who was in NIPOST headquarters earlier to get some response from the top Management, whose names were being mentioned could not be able to speak with any despite frantic efforts to speak with the PostMaster General or the Director of Finance on the weighty allegations.