OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives on Thursday asked the executive to increase the number of slots available in the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 personnel for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NSC).
The call was sequel to a motion sponsored by Mr Gudaji Kazaure (APC, Jigawa) under matters of public importance during plenary.
Leading the debate, Mr Kazaure expressed worry that only 10,000 persons out of three million who applied for the NCDC recruitment exercise would be employed.
According to him, it is unusual for government to be reducing employment opportunities instead of increasing it.
While calling for support of the motion, the lawmaker reminded the House that job creation was among the major campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Contributing to the debate, Mr. Nasiru Ahmed (APC, Kano) said based on the security situation in the country, “taking 10,000 people off the street will help us to check insecurity.”
On his part, deputy minority leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu, while commending the sponsor of the motion, argued that creating the enabling environment for private sector to come in will be the solution to rising unemployment rate in the country.
“We should provide the legislative backing for businesses to thrive in the country. Government has to plan. In doing so, they will be much more functional in putting food in the society,” Okechukwu said.
While calling for vote on the motion, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila commended the motion, saying once leakages are blocked, there will be resources to begin more serious recruitment.