A dismissed employees member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has alleged that Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to Jamaica, Ambassador Janet Olisa connived with some high officers on the fee to falsely and unjustly dismiss him alongside one other junior employees member.
The former worker of the ministry, who spoke with SaharaReporters, mentioned the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission and a few Commissioners on the Commission, falsely and unjustly dismissed the 2 of them to cowl up the atrocities dedicated by Olisa.
According to the dismissed employees member, he had been accused of appending his signature on a observe verbale (memo) authorising the identification of a younger man as a home employee to safe a piece allow within the nation (Jamaica).
However, he mentioned this was finished with out his consent because it was not in his powers to signal a observe verbale.
He mentioned, “I work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a newly employed staff member, when you go on attachment programme, they, first of all, give you basic training in Nigeria and send you overseas for one-year training called attachment.
“I was among those staff members sent to Nigerian Embassies and I was sent in 2019 to Jamaica to work under Ambassador Janet Olisa. There was another junior officer, she was superior to me but she was a junior officer to the Ambassador.
“After a while, the other junior officer’s tour of duty elapsed and she had to return to Nigeria, but she had her siblings there already, a brother, a sister, and her children. She was two steps above me. She was already working.
“Coming back to Nigeria became an issue for her because she has to secure visas for her siblings and she was able to secure visas for her sister and kids but she couldn’t secure for her brother and she approached me to help her secure a visa for her brother and I was like, I’m a trainee and I don’t have such power. I told her she could go to the Ambassador since they belong to the same tribe.
”She went to Ambassador Olisa and each of them, I do not know what they did as a result of it was my first time going out on coaching so I did not know the way it works, however each of them connived and registered that brother utilizing my identification to accredit him as home assist, even with out my consent.
”They accredited him as a home assist to the overseas ministry of Jamaica in order that he might get a piece allow to allow him to safe a US visa to return again to Nigeria as a result of in line with them, you can’t have a direct flight from Jamaica to Nigeria, it’s a must to cross by US, Brazil or London, UK, so that they have been discovering a neater route.
“I don’t know about it because I haven’t been there before. They know, one of them has over 30 years of experience, the other person has 50 years of experience.
“I didn’t understand what they were doing, I thought they were doing something legitimate, they went ahead to sign the note verbale to send to the ministry that he’s a domestic help to me and the ministry issued a work permit to the young man, I didn’t apply to anyone. When they were doing it, I asked the Ambassador that I hope what they were doing was safe, she laughed about it and said it was nothing.
”Without the Ambassador authorising the observe verbale, the entire course of wouldn’t be doable. After the Ambassador had written a observe verbale to the overseas ministry they usually had given him the allow, they now utilized once more for a visa. They insisted that it was not unsuitable, so after the whole lot, the man was in a position to come again to Nigeria.
“Later, the US Embassy in Jamaica raised an issue that the guy once had an issue with the US Embassy in Nigeria way back. It seems he had applied for a US visa some years back and he used a different identity, trying to give false information so they were now able to detect through his fingerprints that he is the same person with two different names. So, the US Embassy asked if the note verbale used to apply for a visa from the embassy in Jamaica was genuine? Was it issued by the embassy and the embassy said yes which is none of my business, it is only the ambassador and deputy ambassador that can issue the note verbale.
”I returned to Nigeria to renew work in Abuja just for the ambassador to start out writing to Abuja petitioning me and the opposite girl that we conspired to ship the man to the United States. Whereas she was the one who signed the observe verbale. They issued a question and I responded that I didn’t signal, so the ambassador should take accountability alongside the opposite girl as a result of they’re senior colleagues.
“I’m a victim here, I’m supposed to petition both of them but because she is an ambassador, she has the power, you can imagine that she, who is a facilitator in the conspiracy was part of the decision making at the meeting where we were dismissed and the rule states that before you dismiss an officer, you should call him to defend himself but this did not happen. I was given a query, responded to it, and two months later, I got a dismissal letter. I have now written an appeal to the commission but I’m yet to get a response.
“The same ambassador who signed the note verbale to the ministry in Jamaica to give the young man a work permit is the same person who is now petitioning us. How I wish she did not authorise it, all these issues wouldn’t have come up but she did it and now she’s petitioning us. It is not fair.
“I was given a dismissal letter in March but I wrote an appeal in April. I told them, in the letter that it is not fair because they are accusing me of aiding the migration of the young man to the US. I stated in the letter that I did not have the power to authorise it. My sack letter was titled, ‘Abuse of Note Verbale,’ meaning I abused something I have no power over. I don’t understand why I can be dismissed for it.”
The dismissed worker said another ambassador in the ministry, who heard about the case, saw the injustice there” and has already “sent a petition too that the case should be looked into”.
Also in line with the dismissed overseas affairs ministry employee, he has but to get a reply to the enchantment he filed over the alleged injustice.
He added that there was no replace relating to the petition written by one other ambassador relating to the matter.