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Nigeria: Senate to Probe Alleged Lopsided Recruitment By Federal Civil Service Commission

The Senate noted that the commission has deviated from the federal character principle that ensured equity and fairness to all parts of the country.

The Senate has directed its Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters to investigate alleged lopsided recruitment and deployment by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).

This followed the adoption of a motion on “Urgent need to ensure federal character principle, in the FCSC sponsored by Titus Zam( APC,’ Benue ) at plenary on Tuesday.

Presenting the motion, Mr Zam said the FCSC was established with the responsibilities of recruitment and deployment of officers with requisite qualifications into the federal civil service.

He said the commission had deviated from the federal character principle that ensured equity and fairness to all parts of the country.

He said the major platform on which the commission sought to realise its vision of building a highly focused, disciplined, committed and patriotic civil service had turned counter-productive as it favoured only certain groups in the country.

This, he said, was not consistent with the commission’s vision as widely reported on recent allegations of illegal recruitment or employment by the service.

He said the debilitating syndrome had so permeated government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) saying virtually no ministry seemed to be insulated from the ugly trend.

He said the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, had told journalists in July, ahead of the 2023 Civil Service Week, that the federal government had discovered 1,618 civil servants with fake employment letters.

Mr Zam said the Benue North-west senatorial district had been marginalised, shortchanged and neglected in the employment into the federal civil service, hence he sponsored the motion.

He said the introduction of the IPPIS was meant to curtail and ultimately, eliminate illegalities in the civil and public service, in terms of human resources and payroll.

“Regrets also that employees of government are capitalising on insider abuse to undermine the efficiency of the IPPIS and to perpetrate unwholesome activities, resulting in cases of ‘salary paddings’, and ghost names in government payrolls, among others.

“Further recalls that in December 2021, a particular Ministry of the Federal Government alone weeded out a total of 1,020 of such illegally employed staff with over 300 employment letters further sent to be authenticated by the Federal Civil Service Commission.

“Strongly argues that the mere removal of such names from payroll without prosecution will not deter those corruptly feasting from this exercise at the expense of a virile civil service backed up by a sound and foolproof IPPIS.

“Convinced that if urgent action is not taken to ensure Federal Character Principle and curb lopsidedness, will weaken the cohesion of the Civil Service with its attendant damage to governance and service delivery,” he said.

(NAN)

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