At least 4,904 civil servants, who were recruited by the Federal Civil Service Commission in the former President Gooduck Jonathan led government, are on the verge of losing their jobs following a query on the exercise.
The Punch gathered that the body language displayed on Monday by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) with respect to the development, had led to a crisis in the civil service.
It was learnt that about 247 of the affected workers had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) over a plan by the FCSC to sack them.
It was also gathered that the Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr. Shettima Abba, had queried the Chairman of the FCSC, Mrs. Joan Ayo, for alleged violation of the principle of federal character in the employment of the civil servants in a letter dated May 3, 2016.
According to Abba, the recruitment – between 2013 and 2015 – was characterised by a flagrant abuse of the Federal Character principle.
His words: “The Federal Character Commission has viewed and observed with concern the recruitment exercises undertaken by the Federal Civil Service between 2013 and 2015, which glaringly is lopsided and grossly abused the principle of Federal Character to which all institution have subscribed.
“The recruitment which recorded the engagement of about 4,904 workers, threw away all common sense and wisdom of national cohesion and integration by favouring some states to the detriment of others.
“We are worried that if this trend is allowed to continue, then some sections of the country may not only feel alienated but may feel insecure by the action of people in authority.
“It is inconceivable and a gross injustice for a geopolitical zone to be allocated 33.6 per cent of the total candidates recruited as against 26.2 per cent for three zones combined, North-East, North-West and North-Central.
“We further request without prejudice that all processes must involve the Federal Character Commission for advice and strict adherence to the principle of federal character as contained in our circular on guidelines and procedure for recruitment.”