Reps to probe secret recruitment by MDAs

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate and monitor the recruitment of job seekers by MDAs in the country.

This was sequel to a motion brought before the House by a member, Yusuf Gagdi, with the title: “Need to investigate and monitor the recruitment of Nigerians by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The lawmaker, while moving the motion, noted that “The Federal Civil Service, the Public Service and Public Sector is the single biggest employer of labour in Nigeria and accounts for the funding of most homes in Nigeria directly and indirectly.

“Being the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria, numerous Nigerians look forward to obtaining gainful employment with the Federal Government.

“Consequently, millions of candidates fill the Federal Civil Service Forms with the hope they will be lucky to be called upon and recruited.

He however noted that numerous reports have indicated that the federal character principles are not always followed and these openings are not always filled competitively.

Rather, “they are always filled based on some certain social, political, ethnic and religious. Sentiments,” he said.

For these reasons, the House resolved to set up a 37 member committee represented by a member each from every state and the Federal Capital Territory.

Many members spoke on the motion and when the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila called for a voice vote, it was supported by the majority and passed.

The committee was given three weeks to report back to the House.

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