By Christiana Ekpa
The House of Representatives yesterday asked the Federal government to ensure additional number of personnel in the ongoing recruitment exercise in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) against the already agreed 10,000 personnel recruitment.
The resolution of the House was as a motion sponsored by Hon. Gudaji Kazaure (APC, Jigawa) under matters of public importance during plenary.
Leading the debate, Kazaure expressed worries that only 10,000 persons out of three million who applied for the NCDC recruitment exercise where recruited in a country of two million.
According to him, what kind of planning will be reducing employment instead of increasing it.
While calling for support of the motion, the lawmaker reminded the House that job creation was amongst the major campaign promise of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Contributing to the debate, Hon Nasiru Ahmed (APC, Kano) while speaking based on the security implications in the country, said “taken 10,000 people off the street will help us to check insecurity.”
Worried over the arbitrary violation of presidential directive, Hon. Shehu Mohammad (APC, Kebbi) stressed that employment is critical to the peace and stability of the country.
On his part, Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu, while commending the sponsor of the motion argued that creating the enabling environment for private sectors to come in will be the solution to tackle unemployment rate in the country.
“We should provide the legislative backing for businesses to thrive in the country. Government has to plan. In doing so there will be much more functional in putting food in the society”, Okechukwu said.
While calling for the House adoption on the motion, Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila who presided commended the motion and added saying once leakages are blocked there will be resources to begin more serious recruitment.