By PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI—THE Management and Staff of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, weekend, raised alarm over the activities of some employment racketeers who are currently collecting money from prospective employees in exchange for employment at the federal institution.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the employment racketeers are suspected staff of FETHA who are eager to raise their earnings by allegedly collecting money ranging between N100,000 and N400,000 from applicants that participated in the last recruitment exercise by FETHA.
A victim who did not want her name mentioned in print, stated that a staff of FETHA told her to bring N400,000 so that her employment could be guaranteed.
She said: “I am surprised at what is happening here. I participated in the job interview with all my credentials in place so I’m wondering why they are telling me to bring money. In fact, the money I was asked to pay depends on your course of study while in the university.
“I need a job desperately. I told my husband about it and he is trying to raise the N400, 000. My brother I need a job.”
Addressing newsmen in his office, the Chief Medical Director of FETHA, Dr. Paul Ezeonu, regretted the activities of the employment racketeers, adding that their actions were negatively affecting the integrity and employment procedures put in place by the hospital management.
Ezeonu, who was enraged by the development, warned that any staff of FETHA or individual found guilty of employment racketeering would not only be sacked from work but will be prosecuted.
He said: “The list of those who succeeded in the recruitment exercise would pass through some appropriate quarters; the hospital Board and the Ministry and of course, the Federal Character will go through it and then it will come back.”