Bauchi Assembly accuses NSCDC, fire service, Immigration service of lopsided recruitment

Bauchi State House of Assembly has observed what it described as lopsided recruitment and replacements taking place in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service and Nigerian Immigration Service.

Speaking under matters of urgent public importance, Jamilu Umaru Dahiru representing  Bauchi Central Constituency drew the attention of the members to the issue during a plenary. 

According to the member who said that he has obtained the recruitment list, 579 people from the North-East subregion were recruited out of which Bauchi State got only 7 and even the 7 names from Bauchi sound strange and unfamiliar which clearly show that they are not indigenes of Bauchi State.

Jamilu Umaru Dahiru added that the issue is very disturbing, therefore called on the House to ask the State government to follow up the matter and make sure Bauchi got its judicious share so that the teaming unemployed graduates can get employed.

In his contribution, Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu commended the mover for raising the very important matter and opined that if the list going round is genuine, like Kogi State dominate half of the list and only 7 names from Bauchi, and the names from Bauchi are more like Igbo names. 

He suggested that the House should advise the State Government to through its liaison office verify the authenticity of the list and lobby for the State to get adequate slots and do all the needful so that Bauchi State should not be shortchanged.

Abdulkadir Umar Dewu representing Kirfi Constituency in his own contribution said that the situation is so pathetic and disturbing.

He noted that something is wrong somewhere, because even the 7 names from Bauchi State such as Obiageli, Nonso and so on are not from Bauchi State because there are no such names in Bauchi State.

Abdulkadir Dewu, therefore, suggested that there is need for the Honourable House to seriously check indiscriminate issuance of indigenes certificates in the Local Governments.

Also the House should mandate its committee on Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate where the 7 names came from and investigate how they get the indigene certificates of the local governments. 

The Kirfi lawmaker also suggested that House should mandate its committee on Public Service to work with the State Government and engage Bauchi State representatives in the Federal Character Commission to find out what is the problem and the way to prevent future occurrence of such problems.

Yunusa Ahmad from Warji Constituency concurs with Abdulkadir Dewu and suggested that a special committee should be formed to look into the lopsidedness in all Federal appointments. 

According to him, federal character is not followed in all the recruitments especially in security agencies, therefore there is the need for the House to have a standing committee on recruitment even though the office of the Head of Service and Office of the SSG are responsible for this, their effort is not good enough because the state has repeated issue of non-indigenes taking over the positions of Bauchi State.

Yunusa Ahmed added that the committee should start with this issue, engage civil defence in State and National Office to verify if they are from Bauchi State.

Bala Abdu Rishi representing Lame Constituency said the issue is a serious one and the House should not take it lightly because that is why they are here to defend the interest of the State. 

He said that, “This is not the first time this is happening to Bauchi state. Who gave them the appointments?”

Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo suggested that the matter of recruitment should be referred to the security committee while the issue of indiscriminate issuance of indigene certificates should be referred to the House committee on Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate 

Majority Leader, Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu explained that the issue of indiscriminate issuance of indigene certificates originates from the administration of former Governor Malam Isa Yuguda In which he openly said there is no issue of indigeneship in Bauchi and everybody can come to Bauchi and becomes indigene.

He explained that there is no way people from other states will come to Bauchi and get indigenes certificate and go and look for employment with it while in some parts of the country even a piece a land you can’t acquire.

The Majority Leader therefore suggested that the House can resolve the issue of indigeneship certificate by asking the Government to come out clearly and act on the issue and make sure non indigenes are not given certificates of indigeneship.

The House referred the matter of lopsided recruitment to the House committees on Public Service and Security while the issue of indiscriminate issuance of indigene certificates is referred to the House Committee on Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs. The Committees are given two weeks to report back.

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