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FG directs FCC to prosecute MDAs violating character principle

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
16 November 2022   |   3:48 pm
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, asked Federal Character Commission (FCC), to prosecute any ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) violating the principal mandate of the commission.

Stakeholders at the sensitization workshop for stakeholders in North Central geo-political zone, Abuja PHOTO: Ernest Nzor

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The Federal Government, on Tuesday, asked Federal Character Commission (FCC), to prosecute any ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) violating the principal mandate of the commission.

Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, gave the directive in Abuja, during the sensitization workshop for stakeholders in North Central and East geo-political zone, with the theme: “Integrating Strategic Partnership with Critical Stakeholders and Advocacy on Balance Development .”

Mustapha was represented by the Federal Commissioner representing Niger State in FCC, Maj Gen Suleiman Barau (Rtd), who said the programme was aimed at addressing the lack of understanding and perception of the Federal Character principle amongst the people and stakeholders.

He said the commission would prosecute the ministries, departments and agencies that failed to follow the guiding principles and procedures for recruitment into the federal civil service.

According to him, “Over time and since we assumed office, one critical factor that has been a recurring decimal is the lack of understanding and perception of the Federal Character principle among the people, and specifically among our stakeholders.

“This deficit of comprehensiveness has, in many ways, affected total implementation of the principle of equity, justice and fairness in the distribution and proportional sharing of, not only bureaucratic posts but the more germane and widely acclaimed distribution of infrastructural facilities, resources and social amenities among federating units.

“The mandate of our job is to ensure that we put our mandate right for MDAs to be aware of the character principle, and that is what we are doing here to educate them on the mandate. We have two mandates, the first mandate is monitoring recruitment and promotion, and the second mandate is social amenities and infrastructure.

“We have told the MDAs what they are supposed to do as an agency, any MDAs that fail on the mandate is an offence. And there can be sanctioned for violating. ”

In his remarks, the Secretary of the Federal Character Commission, Muhammad Bello Tukur, noted that the commission had never been involved in the National Judicial Council recruitment or promotion process as part of the mandate of the character commission.

He lamented that the MDAs like the Federal Judicial Service Commission, the Federal Civil Service Commission and Code of Conduct Bureau, and others that share the same line with the federal character commission under Section 153 subsection one, don’t comply with the mandate.

Tukur said: “There is a need for the relationship as a commission with the national assembly. Because what the national assembly actually needs to do is to ensure compliance with oversight for the commission to discharge its mandate.

“But what the National Assembly is doing now is to perform the functions of the federal character commission. because they subject heads of MDAs to media trials and put them in the spotlight.”