FCC May Sue DSS Over Uneven Recruitment


The Federal Character Commission, FCC, may sue the Department of State Services, DSS, over alleged lopsided recruitment in some states.

Dr, Abba Shettima, Chairman of FCC, told PUNCH on Thursday that the commission had “written to the DSS to get their nominal roll and they have not complied”.

He said “unless, we look at their nominal roll and ascertain, state-by-state, to see that certain states, that are grossly under-represented or not represented or over-represented, we will not come out clearly to say what they have done is lopsided.

“So, in the event we discover that it is not a correct measure, we will now take the appropriate sanctions”.

According to reports, Katsina State, the state of origin of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Director-General, DSS, Lawal Daura, was allocated 51 slots in the latest recruitment. While the six states in the South-South geopolitical zone got 42 slots.

The commission gave the DSS a three-month ultimatum to clear the air on the controversy over the recruitment.

The chairman said if the DSS fails to comply with the provisions of the Federal Character Act, the commission would sue the agency or complain to the Attorney General of the Federation.

Shettima stressed that it was compulsory for all recruiting Ministries, Departments and Agencies to adhere to the federal character protocol. He said it was in compliance with the provisions of Section 14 of the Constitution.

He alleged that the recruitment carried out by the DSS in 2012, 2013, 2015 and part of 2017 did not follow the principle of federal character.


  • Bola Kougbe
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