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COVID-19: FG suspends screening of 5,000 candidates for NDLEA job

The Federal Government has directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to suspend the screening and documentation of 5,000 candidates scheduled for between January 10 and 23, 2021 at its academy in Jos.

According to the government, the timing is ill-advised and inappropriate, given the current and alarming wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Consequently, the government directed that the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, should seek advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the public health implications of such an exercise.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata (SAN), announced the decision in a statement in Abuja on Friday evening.

The statement read, “The attention of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has been drawn to the fact that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has directed a total of 5,000 candidates to appear at the Agency’s Academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State for the screening and documentation exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021 at 0900 hours daily.

“It is not in doubt that the exercise is long overdue and necessary for the actualization of the agency’s mandate, however, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice notes that the timing is ill-advised and inappropriate given the current and alarming wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

“In view of the foregoing, the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation has directed that the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata (SAN) to seek clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 on the public health implications of such an exercise especially as it relates to the adequacy/possibility of strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols by 5000 applicants at this time of the nation’s health emergency.

“Considering the above, Malami directed the Chairman of the NDLEA to stay further action on this matter pending the receipt of clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force.

“The Chairman was further requested to notify the applicants of this development accordingly.”


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