Senate probes alleged secret recruitment in FIRS, NASDRA, NDLEA, others

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The Senate Committee on Federal Character has summoned some federal agencies over alleged secret recruitment. Some of the agencies have already been written and directed to appear before the panel on Monday. Among the affected agencies are, the Federal Inland Revenue Service; National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, National Space Research, and Development Agency and the National Open University.

Others are the Federal Civil Service Commission; the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital; the Rural Electrification Agency and the Nigerian Navy. The Chairman of the committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah, stated this on Friday during a meeting with other members of the panel. He said the Committee will not tolerate imbalance in the ongoing recruitment of some government agencies.

He said, “I have made it clear that we need to be thorough to show that we are not witch-hunting anybody or any organisation. “We want to be sure that employment will not be lopsided, every geopolitical zone must benefit from the employment because that is needed to promote national unity.” He said that the Committee will not hesitate to suspend any recruitment exercise that is conducted in contravention with approved guidelines.

He added that some agencies are currently recruiting and the Committee would need details of the exercise to ensure that nobody was shortchanged.

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