Tuesday, 16 May 2017

FCC commences investigation into lopsided appointment at DSS

FCC commences investigation into lopsided appointment at DSS
- The recent alleged lopsided appointment into the State Security Service (SSS) resulted in serious complaints from Nigeria 

- The Federal Character Commission (FCC) asked the DSS to explain why it took the action or face serious sanction 

The Federal Character Commission (FCC) has commenced investigation into the alleged lopsided appointments that recently took place at the State Security Service (SSS). 

The commission has thus asked the SSS to explain within three months what actually necessitated the lopsided appointments. 

The Nation reports that the FCC threatened to sanction the security organisation if it could not provide explanations within the stipulated period. 

On April 28, Premium Times had reported that the SSS engaged in heavy lopsided appointments, especially in the composition of its new officers. According to the report, the SSS commissioned 479 cadet officers after their passing-out parade in Lagos on March 5. 

This was after a nine-month training programme under the agency’s basic course 29/2016/17. 

In the recruitment, however, the report alleged that 51 persons were taken from Katsina state alone while all the six states in the south-south got a combined 42 candidates. 

Also, all the five states in the south-east got less than 50 states contrary to section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended. 

we learnt that in his reaction, the FCC chairman, Shettima Abba, said: “In the Federal Character Commission, we are looking at the total number of indigenes of each state in a particular organisation,” the FCC boss said. 

“With the DSS, until we look at the total number on the nominal roll and compare it with the recruitment recently made, we cannot categorically say anything yet. 

“The FCC has given the DSS three months to respond. If they don’t respond, whatever sanction that is being applied shall be taken. 

“No answer has been given by the DSS because the DG is not in the country.” 

He added that a similar situation had taken place between 2014 and 2016. 

“Although I have not seen the nominal roll I believe this one might be a corrective measure. 

“We have already written to the DSS to supply us with the details of the recruitment and the details of their nominal roll including those who applied and those shortlisted so that we can confirm if the recruitment is lopsided or not. 

“If we discover that it is lopsided, we will advise them appropriately. “Certain states are seriously over employed, if you look at the recent ones, if they were under represented in the previous recruitment before this one, then it is a corrective measure. 

“For now it is not yet time for us to conclude on anything. They have to provide us with details of their manpower across the states. 

“The advertisement the DSS did was internal on their website. “That was the reason we wrote to them to tell us the processes they used, we had earlier sent them our own processes of recruitment before and after they recruited. 

“They are aware of FCC procedures and guidelines of advertisements, bringing out a long list and a short-list on how these things are being done.”

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