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Published On: Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

Alleged lopsidedness: Group urges FCC to cancel NVIR employment exam

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From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos

The Federal Character Commission (FCC), has been urged to order for the cancellation of the August, employment examinations into the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVIR), Vom.
The call was made by NVRI Renaissance Vanguard group, in a petition to the Chairman Federal Character Commission, dated 6th September, 2017, which was received on the 20 September, 2017, and also made available to Blueprint in Jos.
The Renaissance Vanguard and Justice Watch Group of Nigeria, had in their separate petition in August, called for investigation into “lopsided appointments,” at institute.
The group also called for the prosecution of the institute management for what its described as, violation of section 14 of the FCC act.
The petition which was further copied to the offices of the President FRN, Senate President, SGF and HOS of the federation, said the institute management have for the past 17 years formed the habits of violating the provision of paragraphs ‘8’ (1 a & b), section ‘C’ part 1, of the third schedule of the Nigetian Constitution.
“Furthermore, the NVRI Management have in the last 17 years consistently violated section 4 (1) g (i) of the Federal Character Commission, Act cap F7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014,” it alleges.
According to the group the NVRI Management under the Ag. Executive Director, Dr. David Shamaki, have on Monday 28, August, 2017 secretly invited selected applicants for written interviews without appropriate advertisement on the pages of the national daily newspapers.
It further alleges that: “In the same circumstances, the NVIR Management failed to spread the existing vacancies to be filled in relation to the current levels of representation, by status of zones with consideration on gender and the physically challenged.”
The petitioners said candidates with distinction from other zones that have applied were not shortlisted, whereas those from the farthest part of Nigeria like Bayelsa, Maiduguri, Lagos, Rivers, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi and others couldn’t made it to the written examination due to poor communication.
“..we have on good authority that the institute have prepared appointment letters to some selected candidates not on the original order of merit and state by state consideration..,” it further petitioned and also urged the FCC chairman to break, “the evil jinx that remain uncheked and unabated.”
But the NVRI Executive Director, Dr. David Shamaki, responded on the telephone, that they are aware of the petition.
“It was forwarded to us from the Federal Character Commission, and asked us for comment and we have make our analysis and responded to it, so it will be improper for us to now say anything to newspaper,” he added.

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