FCSC Boss Summoned By Senate Over Alleged Secret Employments In MDAs

The arrangements by the Senate to summon the Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission, FCSC, Mrs. Joan Ayo, over disturbing allegations of secret employment being carried out by government agencies in the country was concluded yesterday.

The need to summon the commision’s Chairman came as FRSC told the Senate that it had generated N1.46 billion revenue as at September 30, 2016, and remitted the sameamont to the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account, CRFA, but the Senate was not satisfied as it believed that the commission’s performance was underwhelming. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Tijjani Kaura, had earlier visited the Federal Character Commission, FCC, on an oversight mission and decided to summon the FRSC chairman after having listened to the Acting Executive Chairman of FCC, Shettima Bukar Abba. When addressing the Senate Committee, FCC, acting Executive Chairman, Shettima Bukar Abba, complained about the challenges faced by the commission, he said that the government agencies had failed in their responsibilities to comply with the federal character principle.

He reported that the efforts by the commission to get the Federal Civil Service Commission to comply with the federal character principle, as well as prevent secret employment in government agencies were frustrated by the constant denials of the FCSC Chairman. Bukar Abba revealed that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government skewed projects in the budget based on regional sentiments, against even distribution as required by the principle of federal character, and that the development, which was fast becoming a standard trend, was severally in the past challenged by the FCC to no avail. Bukar Abba, who called for the support of the National Assembly, stressed that the commission needed its protection against erring government agencies.

According to him, “There is an issue I need to draw your attention to as well. Distribution of projects in the annual budget ought to be in compliance with the federal character principle. So far, you find that this has not been the case, as it is skewed to favour one part at the expense of another. As legislators, I think you should watch out for this by ensuring that projects are not skewed to favour a particular section of the country. Also, I must add that in order to realise this, lawmakers should protect us (FCC) against MDAS in ensuring that the principle of federal character is maintained in drafting budget proposals. If they (MDAs) bring out their budget, their proposals must be balanced.
They put in areas not based on the needs of people, but based on sentiments.”

In response, Chairman of the Senate committee on Federal Character, Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, said the Senate would summon the FCSC boss over her failure to adhere to the provisions of federal character.

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