Goodluck Jonathan: 4904 staff appointed by ex-president might lose jobs due to bias against North

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

The employment of the 4904 employees favoured the South-South ahead of other zones, especially the North.

The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) has called into question the appointment of 4,904 civil servants who were employed during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The jobs of the civil servants in question are said to be in danger but attempts by the FCSC to sack them have led to a crisis in the service, Punch reports.

According to FCSC Executive Chairman, Dr Shettima Abba, the recruitment of the 4904 employees violated the principle of federal character.

“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,” Abba said.

“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.”

According to Abba, the employment of the 4904 employees favoured the South-South geopolitical zone ahead of other zones, especially the North.

He noted further that the 33.6 per cent of those employed were from the South-South alone while 26.2 per cent were from the North-East, North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones.

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The Muhammadu Buhari administration has repeatedly been accused of favouring the north with its appointments.


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