Scandal at FCC, as Commissioners Accuse Boss of Sectional Recruitment
The chairman of Federal Character Commission (FCC), has been accused of carrying out recruitments against the spirit of federal balance, and commissioners at the commission have written President Muhammadu Buhari to launch a complaint.
Twenty out of the 37 commissioners at the commission signed the petition against the chairperson, Muheeba Fareeda Dankaka, who they accused of secretly recruiting people from Kwara, her state of origin in breach of the FCC Act.
The petition, dated December 10, 2020, alleged that Dankaka unilaterally recruited 22 employees out of which 11 of them are from her senatorial district in Kwara State.
The petition, titled, ‘Brazen Breach Of The Provisions Of The 1999 Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria (as amended), Federal Character Commission (Establishment) Act And Gross Abuse Of Office By The Chairman, dr. Muheeba f. Dankaka OON, Request For Urgent Intervention By Mr President To Salvage The Image Of The Federal Government And The Commission’ said “It is on record that the chairman of the commission, purporting to exercise her powers as chief executive officer of the commission, sometime in November 2020, employed 22 persons into in the employment of the commission without regard to the federal character principle which the commission is expected to enforce.
“Out of the 22 employees, over 50 per cent of them were not only from the home state of the chairman, they were all from her senatorial district in Kwara State.”
According to the petition, when Dankaka learnt that the commissioners were going to take action, she hurriedly halted the recruitment in a letter with reference number FCC/034/SI/Vol.V/1155, addressed to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
The Punch reported that the chairperson only responded that the commissioners are her subordinates, and were only angry because she refused to give them slots, adding that she did not do any recruitment within the commission.
She was quoted to have said that she only refused to carry them along in the recruitment of some sensitive agencies for security reasons.
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