Existing Vacancies (Publication) Bill, 2005.

An Act Requiring Publication of Existing Vacant Position in Federal Government Offices to Ensure Transparency and Equal Opportunities in the Recruitment of New Personnel and for Matters Connected Therewith

Be IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows: 1.It shall be the policy of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to promote efficiency in the allocation of personnel in the Federal Civil Service as well as transparency and equal opportunities in the recruitment and hiring of new personnel. 2. It shall be the duty of all head of Federal Ministries, Parastatals, Corporations, Government Departments, Institutions, Commissions, Agencies, or any Government establishment, to (a) post in three (3) conspicuous places of their offices for a period of one month a complete list of all existing vacant positions in their respective offices which are to be filled, and (b) to transmit a copy of such list and corresponding qualification standards to the Federal Civil Service Commission not later than the tenth day of every month. 3.-(1) The Commission shall once every quarter compile and publish a complete list of all the existing vacant positions in the Federal Civil Service including the qualification standards required for each position. (2) Copies of such publication shall be published in at least three national dailies with wide coverage. (3) Copies of such publication shall be pasted in the various personnel offices of the government establishments where they shall be available for inspection by the public. (4) Provided also that the Commission shall cause the said publication to be
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posted in at least three public and conspicuous places in all States and Local Government Areas of the Federation. 4. As from the commencement of this Act, no vacant position in any Ministry, Parastatal,Corporation, Government establishment, shall be filled unless it is in accordance with the provisions of this Act. 5.-(1) A person who violates the provisions of section 2, 3 and 4 of this Act and rules and regulations provided for implementation of same commits an offense and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00), or imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or both. (2) In the case of a statutory corporation or Government Department, where the offense is committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to, any neglect or omission on the part of the Head of the Federal Ministry, Parastatal, Corporation, Government Departments, Institutions, Commission, Agency, or Government establishment, such Head or other official shall be liable under this Section. 6. Report of any contravention of any of the provisions of this Act, to the Nigerian Police by any person who is aware of such contravention. 7. The Federal High Court shall have jurisdiction over all matters mentioned in this Act. 8. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice shall, subject to the approval of the President make regulations generally for the purposes of giving full effect to this Act. 9. As from the commencement of this Act any provision of any other enactment or law with respect to the procedure of recruitment of new personnel that is inconsistent with the provisions of this Act is repealed in so far as it affects matters under this Act.
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10. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires 1. "Commission" means the Federal Civil Service Commission; 2. "Federal Civil Service" means service in the Federal Government; 3. "Words" with refer to singular includes the feminine gender and 4. "Reference" to a masculine gender includes the feminine gender and 5. vice versa. 11. This Act may be cited as the Existing Vacancies (Publication) Bill, 2008.

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM The Bill makes provision requiring the regular publication of existing vacant positions in the Federal Government office to ensure transparency and equal opportunities in the recruitment of new personnel and for matters connected therewith.

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