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FCC investigates FIRS over secret recruitment

The Federal Character Commission (FCC) has commenced investigations of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over secret recruitment of five directors, reports ITRealms.

Reacting to reports of the secret recruitment, the acting executive chairman of FCC, Shettima Bukar-Abba, confirmed, saying his office is investigating the alleged secret recruitment of senior staff in director levels.

“I am investigating FIRS. I have never seen anything from FIRS since I came in two months ago. But I also learnt they are recruiting,” he was quoted as revealing to newsmen.

He also pointed out that FIRS has been summoned by the National Assembly because of the same 'complaints from the people.'

Bukar-Abba further said that FCC as part of the investigation is putting up a committee to specifically handle this allegation.

“I am just trying to put in place a committee so that they will carry out the investigation,” Bukar-Abba reassured.

ITRealms notes that part of policy shift, FCC recently said it will now searchlight recruitments in federal institutions and its affiliates.
ITRealms recalls that since inception in 1996, the Federal Character Commission (FCC) saddled itself with observing recruitment exercise to allow MDAs willingly apply the approved guidelines and formulae in the staff distribution amongst the States of the Federation.
This observer status, ITRealms, has to a large extent prevented officials of the Commission to interfere in the proceeding of the exercise even when the wrong things were observed to be done ab initio.
“It is in the realisation of this fact, that the Plenary of the Commission at its 231st session held on Wednesday 13th August, 2014 overwhelmingly endorsed a reversal of the policy to the effect that hencefoth, officials of the Commission at any recruitment exercise will monitor the exercise and ensure that the processes leading to, the recruitment exercise itself, the eventual selection of successful candidates substantially comply with the approved guidelines and formulae for Recruitment duty shall be addressed as Monitors and they shall have all the the rights and priviledges to monitor recruitment exercises within the context of the approved guidelines," FCC said.
Similarly, ITRealms reports, the plenary also accepted the presidential directive conveyed by the SGF on the 22nd of July, 2014 that (a) No Public service recruitment should be contracted out to consulting firm; and (b) No applicant should be requested/made to pay any fee for any employment. 
This is in addition to enforcing the Federal Character principles aimed at ensuring fair and equitable distribution of posts and socio-economic amenities, infrastructural facilities amongst the federating units nationwide.


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