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Published On: Tue, Dec 3rd, 2019

Senators besiege Federal Character C’ttee with application

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

As a way of getting jobs for their qualified constituents in any of the Federal Government owned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Senators are bombarding the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter governmental Affairs for possible placements.
This is even as the Committee seems to have reached a truce with the federal agencies which allegedly carried out illegal job recruitment recently.
Indications to this effect emerged on Monday when the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP Kaduna South) confirmed that Senators are lobbying the committee to secure jobs for their constituents just as agencies that carried out secret recruitments few months back, had appeared to defend their actions.
La’ah who spoke in a telephone interview with our reporter, specifically explained that there was nothing wrong with senators approaching his committee to seek job placements for their unemployed constituents.
He said, “There is nothing wrong in senators approaching the Committee on Federal Character and Inter Governmental Affairs to seek job placement for their unemployed constituents.
“It is normal for colleagues to come to our committee because it is a better way to go about it.
“What our Committee will do is to ensure that all senatorial districts are equally captured in whatever arrangement that come up.
“It is not as if we are giving out letters of employment to anyone now. What I’m saying is that if any senator approaches us and there is an opportunity, we would help.
“The senators are coming to us because we are the only committee to ensure even spread in terms of federal appointment.”
La’ah added that all the affected federal agencies indicted for carrying out illegal recruitments have appeared before his panel to defend their actions.
He said, “The MDAs have been honouring our invitations to explain the recruitment exercises they carried out.
“We have told them to adhere strictly to the federal character principles. We have also told them to always carry the Federal Character Commission along before they finalise any internal recruitment.
“Many of the MDAs have appeared before our committee. Each of them appear with the FCC. So that the FCC will be pointing out if any of them is telling lies.”
La’ah, had vowed not to allow the alleged distribution of employment slots in the red chamber, go without proper investigation.
Speaking against the background of some MDAs secretly carrying out secret recruitment, vowed to summon the affected federal government agencies that were allegedly encouraging such practice.
The Senator had assured Nigerians that his committee would get to the root of the matter and expose all those who are allegedly culpable.
He had said, “We are working towards achieving a thorough investigation so that we would not just invite the federal agencies to explain what happen but we also want to confront them with facts at our disposal.
“The matter will not be swept under the carpet. We are already working on it.”

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