Nasarawa vows to protect its indigenes’ interest in federal employment

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

The commissioner visited the police and the prison boss in Nasarawa.

Muhammad Ahmad

The Commissioner representing Nasarawa State at the Federal Character Commission, FCC, Mamman Alakayi, has vowed to ensure that the state’s employment quota is filled by genuine indigenes.

He disclosed this on Tuesday in Lafia when he visited the Nasarawa State Police Command as part of his familiarisation tour of federal establishments in the state.

He said the state had discovered that its quota for employment into various federal agencies and parastatals were often taken over by people from other states.

“We are taking decisive measures to ensure that the quota meant for Nasarawa State for any recruitment exercise would be filled by indigenes of the state in line with the federal character principle,” he said.

The commissioner said effort was being intensified to sensitize traditional rulers and other relevant authorities in the state on the need to be more strict on the issuance of indigent certificates.

He added that a lot of people from neighbouring states often claim to be Nasarawa indigenes to get indigenship certificates for employment.

“We are exploring the possibility of trying to get the state assembly to pass a law that would check the excesses of those impersonating as indigenes of Nasarawa state,” he said.

Mr. Alakayi explained that apart from ensuring fairness and equity in recruitment, the commission also works to ensure even spread of socio-economic infrastructure across all sections of the country and amongst the federating units.

He therefore appealed to the police command to always ensure that the FCC was involved in police recruitment so as to ensure that the state’s quota was not given to impersonators.

In his statement, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said that the police ranked amongst the best in Nigeria in observing the federal character principle during recruitment.

Mr. Umar promised that the command would always collaborate with the commission during recruitment exercises for junior cadre officers adding that, “Since members of the Commission are indigenes of the state, they would be in a better position to help us identify genuine applicants.”

Similarly, the FCC commissioner was at the State Command of the Nigeria Prison Service where the State Comptroller, Mohammed Husseini, assured him of maximum cooperation in order to ensure that the state was not short-changed in terms of employment.

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