OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has charged the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to ensure equity, fairness and justice in the distribution of employment opportunities among all the states of the federation.

He stated this when the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Muheebbat Dankaka, led other members on a courtesy visit to his office on Monday.

Recall that Lawan was accused twice of hijacking job slots in the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and N-Power. He had dismissed the allegations on both occasions.

In a statement made available by Mohammed Isa, his Special Assistant (Media), Lawan said: “The FCC is designed purposely to provide stability in the country. No part of the country should be neglected; no part of this country should feel shortchanged, and this is the essence of the Commission.”

He cited an instance where a Chief Executive Officer of an agency took advantage of his office to get all his people into the organisation while neglecting other parts of the country.

The lawmaker told the FCC to stop recruitment when such situation is noticed.

“Don’t mind what people from that state will say, so long there are too many people from one part of the country in an organization, make sure other parts of the country get their share too and stop further recruitment from that state.

“We have witnessed that kind of situation where a Chief Executive Officer of an agency will simply take advantage of his office and pass through your system and get all his people into the organisation to the neglect of other parts of the country.

“Your organisation is important because you give people a sense of belonging even though it is in our character to complain of marginalisation even where there is none. But figures do not lie. Figures are there to show what every state has in every organisation.

“Where you think it is hot for you to handle come to National Assembly, we will help and support you on that because this country belongs to all of us irrespective of where one comes from, therefore there must be fairness, justice and equity in the way and manner offices are shared and opportunities given”, he said.

He also assured the commission of the National Assembly’s support for an increase in funding, urging them to work closely with the relevant committee in the red chamber.

He told them to hasten the presentation of its proposed amendment to the Act establishing it for expeditious consideration by the National Assembly.

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