…Demand declaration of available positions

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal civil service commission to, without further delay, declare publicly, the number of vacancies available and distribute some according to States in accordance with the Federal character principles.

The call, made yesterday, follows a motion on the urgent need to investigate the unwholesome practices involving the Federal civil service commission with respect to the on going recruitment exercise announced by the commission, sponsored by Hon. Henry Archibong and Mustapha Bala Dawaki.

Hon. Archibong who expressed concern over the inability of Nigerians to access the recruitment portal, disclosed that the portal uploaded by the Commission is non functional as unemployed Nigerians have been unable to apply for various positions.

“Thousands of qualified Nigerians have over the past days been trying to apply for various positions advertised by the commission via the portal but are unable to due to an ineffective portal.

“By uploading a non functional recruitment portal, the commission is deliberately denying thousands of suitably qualified Nigerians who wish to contribute their quota to the service of their fatherland through gainful employment into the civil service, thereby subjecting them to hardship.

The non functional portal according to him, “is a ploy by the commission to come up with names of friend and the children of the high and mighty in the society as the only ones that applied for the employment thereby depriving the children of the poor and the Federal Government of willing and qualified hands to move the country forward”.

The lawmakers noted that the action of the commission is against the change agenda of the present administration, principle of equity, justice, fairness, transparency and above all, the principles of federal character as enshrined in Section 14(3) and (4) of the constitution.

The House also directed its Committee on Federal Character to investigate the practice of the commission and ensure a 24 hour accessibility of the recruitment portal for intending applicants and extend the deadline of the submission

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