The Senate has ordered an investigation into the alleged skewedness and emerging violations in the recruitment and deployment of officers by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and other related agencies.
During Tuesday’s plenary session, the Red Chamber instructed its Committee on Establishment and Public Service Affairs to conduct a holistic investigation into the allegations of skewed recruitment and deployment.
The Senate resolution followed the passage of a motion supported by Senator Titus Zam (APC – Benue North-West) at the plenary.
Leading the debate on the motion, Senator Zam emphasized the need to ensure the federal character principle within the FCSC, noting that the committee was established to recruit and deploy officers with requisite qualifications in the Federal Civil Service.
The lawmaker said he is alarmed that “a counterproductive disease that favors certain groups and is inconsistent with the commission’s vision appears to have crept into the commission recently as allegations of illegal recruitment or employment in the service are reported .”
Senator Zam lamented that “this debilitating syndrome has so permeated ministries, departments and agencies that virtually no ministry seems to be offended by this ugly trend.”
He quoted the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, who told journalists ahead of Civil Service Week 2023 in July that the Federal Government had discovered 1,618 civil servants with fake employment letters.
IPPIS questions why the introduction of the Integrated Personnel and Wage Information System, intended to curtail and ultimately eliminate illegalities in the civil service, appears to jeopardize the objective.
He noted that some government officials used insider trading to undermine the efficiency of the system, including implementing “salary increases” and ghost names on payrolls.
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However, he warned that failure to take urgent action to safeguard the federal character principle and curb lopsidedness would weaken cohesion within the civil service, with attendant damage to governance and service delivery.
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