The Acting Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr Abba Shettima, speaks with FIDELIS SORIWEI on recruitment scandals in government agencies and efforts to nip it in the bud

There is a controversy over the alleged lopsided recruitment by the Department of State Services  which violated the principles of the federal character. What is your agency doing about it?

Recruitment, whether in the DSS, the military, the police or any other organisation of government, must basically comply with the provisions of the Federal Character Act. Section 14:3 and 4 of the constitution are very clear, and it has no exception either in the executive, judiciary or the legislature. Any government agency that decides to recruit must comply with the Federal Character protocol.

The recruitment exercises carried out by the DSS in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 were without recourse to the Federal Character Commission, despite the fact that we used to write them on each occasion to demand details.

The trend in certain MDAs now is that they have  violated the law by recruiting more workers than they needed just to ensure compliance with the principles of the federal character and to address lopsidedness in their recruitment.