5th October, 2010
The process of recruitment by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, will beÂ transparent and only those who qualify will be selected, the agency said this morning inÂ a statement.
Some media reports had alleged that the agency is biased in the recruitment process.
â€œThe agency wishes to state that it will not be distracted from conducting a credibleÂ recruitment exercise by unwarranted media comments of some self-styled apostles of theÂ masses.
â€œThe collection of the fee is not novel and the agency is guided by respect for the ruleÂ of law. The agency therefore urges the general public to discountenance such unpatrioticÂ intrusions.
â€œNDLEA as one of Africaâ€™s premier anti-drug agencies has helped in promoting not only theÂ image of the country, but also that of the continent and will continue to play such vitalÂ roles irrespective of stiff opposition prompted by sponsored advertorials.
â€œWe are aware of the fact that when the right things are being done, those opposed toÂ positive change will seek its derailment.
â€œThe agency is accountable to Nigerians and will exhaust all avenues of carryingÂ concerned citizens along in its affairs,â€ the statement signed by NDLEAâ€™s Head of PublicÂ Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, read.
The agency also dismissed the petition by some critics protesting the administrative feeÂ of N1, 500 paid by applicants, describing it as unbecoming.
NDLEA also stressed that the amount which is meant to cover costs such as ICT equipment,Â software and training; public enlightenment, and media adverts by the vendor/consultant,Â ICT, bank and related costs as well as administrative cost of the exercise to its logicalÂ end, is indeed justified.
About 21 indigenous banks are involved in the vending of the access code with whichÂ applicants complete an online data form on the recruitment portal. There are also mediaÂ adverts in line with regulations of the Federal Character Commission to ensure that allÂ eligible Nigerians are aware and have been given the chance to participate in theÂ recruitment exercise. This is to provide a level playing ground for all.
The agency equally assured that the selection process shall be free from manipulationÂ thereby paving the way for the most qualified in the country.
â€œIn spite of the high level of transparency adopted and public assurances made by theÂ agency that it is in absolute control of the exercise, some individuals have ratherÂ chosen to use the national selection as a medium for unpaid showmanship,â€ said theÂ agencyâ€™s spokesman.
While it pledged its commitment to reasserting the nationâ€™s integrity, it however calledÂ on whoever feels otherwise to seek redress through the law courts and stop playing to theÂ gallery.