It was learnt that some of those affected had already resigned from their previous places of work after receiving the letters of employment only to be rendered jobless afterwards.
A copy of one of the letters signed on behalf of Fowler by the Director, Human Capital Management Department, Victor Ekundayo, stated that the candidates had been interviewed by the management of the agency and had been offered employment.It read in part, “Further to your recent interview with the Federal Inland Revenue Service, you have been offered appointment as Officer on Salary Level 11 Step 1 effective from the date you assume duty.
“By this appointment, you shall be placed on probation for a period of one year from the date of assumption of duty. Subject to your satisfactory conduct and performance within this period, your appointment shall be confirmed on a permanent basis.”
However, it was learnt that after Fowler’s successor, Muhammad Nami, was appointed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in December 2019, the new intakes were not allowed to resume.
One of the affected persons, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said he had resigned from his previous place of work and had been struggling for the last six months.
He said, “Things have been very difficult for me in the last six months. I was working at a company and I resigned immediately after I received my employment letter from the FIRS. Today, I am stuck. Is the FIRS saying it has not paid contractors and consultants in the last six months because they were engaged by Fowler?”
He said, “I was told that Nami has been probing Fowler and reversing some of his policies. We are professionals and we don’t play politics. The FIRS should address our situation at once or we may have to file a class action.”
When contacted on the telephone, the spokesman for the FIRS, Abdullahi Ahmad, admitted that many people were affected, but said he did not have the definite figure.
He said the FIRS leadership had, in the last six months, been probing the credentials of those offered employment. He called on those affected to be patient.
Ahmad said, “We are aware of the development and as you know, we are also battling challenges. When we came, we met many challenges. We met the process when we arrived. The process is on to verify their certificates.