‘Senate will stop recruitment of girlfriends in place of qualified applicants’

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has progressed on the bill to sanction the Federal Civil Service over recruitment influenced by nepotism, tribalism and ethnicity as well as failure to advertise vacant positions in the public service.

The bill which was read for the first time in 16th June 2016, seeks to mandate the federal civil commission to make release of vacant offices once every quarter in the year.

In her debate on the bill on Wednesday, Sen. Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) explained that the practice of selective recruitment by the civil service has culminated into breeding negative impacts on Nigerian youths and education.

According to Olujimi, the bill will ensure transparency and equal opportunities in recruitment.

She said: “Employment in parastatals is not based on merit but on nepotism, ethnicity and tribalism. Youths are denied equal opportunities and as most vacancies are not advertised which has given rise to corruption and makes education qualification not a criteria in employment.

“This has become accepted as the general norm which would not be accepted by the senate.”

Speaking in his contribution, Sen. Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi) noted that even when the federal civil service makes publications for vacancies, “at times, the MDAs do sideline this procedure.”

According to Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta), the practice must be checked, querying: “Where is the federal character principle? This is a bill for the people. Those who are qualified must apply.

“We must stop well placed people in the society from putting their friends, girl friends and loved ones in civil service. There must also be an integrity check for those to be employed.”

The bill was then referred to the senate committee on Establishment and public service to report back in  4 weeks

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