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Nigeria protests ECOWAS parliament’s lopsided recruitment

Nigeria protests ECOWAS parliament’s lopsided recruitment
The Nigerian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States, Musa Nuhu, has written to the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Sidie Tunis, to protest against the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment conducted by the regional legislative body.

1st August 2022 ECOWAS logo 1st August 2022 The Nigerian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States, Musa Nuhu, has written to the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Sidie Tunis, to protest against the alleged lopsidedness in the recruitment conducted by the regional legislative body.The letter from Nuhu was dated July 20, 2022, and titled, “Formal complaint about unfair treatment and confirmation of staff at the ECOWAS parliament.” Nuhu’s letter to Tunis partly read, “I have the honour to refer to our verbal discussion on the above subject matter and formally inform you that the attention of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Commission has been drawn to a number of complaints by Nigerian staff working at the ECOWAS Parliament.“The Honourable Speaker may kindly wish to note that the mission has examined the complaints of the staff of the parliament based on existing staff regulations as well as the decisions and guidelines given by the AFC and Council of Ministers for ECOWAS institutions to carry out the recruitment and found that their grievances are genuine.

“Therefore, as you rightly observed during our discussions, recruiting individuals outside the system to place them above the existing staff would only lead to discontent, demoralisation and continued stagnation of the staff.Related News Buhari lauds ex-ECOWAS commission chief on Africa's unity ECOWAS Court declares Twitter ban unlawful Terrorists killed 14,500 persons in four years - ECOWAS “This action directly contravenes the recommendations of the 30th meeting of the ECOWAS Administrative and Finance Committee as well as the position of the Council of Ministers, which directed that internal candidates should be prioritised in filling existing vacancies in ECOWAS institutions, as recommended in the Staff Skills Audit Report.

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