Senate investigates alleged “off-the-record” recruitment in FIRS, NDLEA, others


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Some Federal agencies have been ordered to appear before the Senate Committee on Federal Character over off-the-record recruitment of staff.

Apparently, the Senate Committee on Federal Character got wind of intelligence reports stating some Government agencies have been secretly recruiting new staff without the approval of regulated authorities. Hence , these agencies have been summoned to appear before a Panel on Monday.

Some of the agencies summoned are Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Open University (NOUN) and National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigerian Navy, Federal Civil Service Commission, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and the Rural Electrification Agency.

Senator Danjuma La’ah who is the Chairman of the committee made this known while meeting other members of the Panel on Friday.

Senator La’ah said no form of imbalance will be tolerated in the recruitment of staff of government agencies.

“I have made it clear that we need to be thorough to show that we are not witch-hunting anybody or any organisation.

“We want to be sure that employment will not be lopsided, every geopolitical zone must benefit from the employment because that is needed to promote national unity.”

“We will ensure that all sections of the country are adequately captured in all recruitment exercises to promote national unity and redress any imbalance in appointment to all levels of the government.

“We will also ensure the promotion and enforcement of the equitable and proportional distribution of infrastructural facilities and socioeconomic amenities among the federating units of Nigeria.

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“Our mandate, therefore, is to stick strictly to these principles as outlined above and discourage executive and administrative arbitrariness.

“You are all aware that non-compliance with these principles is punishable under the law or act establishing the FCC.

“I want to categorically state here that the Committee will ensure enforcement of the provision in section 14 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

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