House of Representatives Demand Suspension Of Navy Recruitment Dominated By Northerners After SaharaReporters’ Story

The House of Representatives has mentioned the continued recruitment train by the Nigerian Navy is unfair and never in compliance with the federal character precept within the Constitution, asking the navy company to droop the method.

This adopted a report by SaharaReporters revealing how a supplementary record of profitable candidates not too long ago launched by the Navy has solely northerners in it.

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The candidates on the record obtained by the newspaper have been drawn from core northern states with just a few from North Central (Kogi and Niger states).

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“Normally, after recruitment, they release a list and those people on that list will go for training, they divided the list into two, Batch A and B.

“They released a supplementary list recently. This has never happened before that all the names on that list will be from the North–44 candidates. They are not just from the North but mainly from the core North.

“In the normal recruitment list, every state is usually given equal number but I don’t know why this is different. This supplementary list Batch A has resumed, Batch B will resume in January. These are the few people that will join those that are already there. As far as it is supplementary, every zone and state should be included.

“The former ones they did, all states were included in equal numbers except the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); the FCT is the only one that usually gets lesser slots because most of those using FCT to apply are not from there.

“My question is, why is this supplementary list representing only the North. It should represent all parts, not just a particular region,” a supply had instructed SaharaReporters.

REVEALED: All 44 Candidates On @NigerianNavy Supplementary List Under Buhari Government Are Northerners | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/Zf1Pygchia pic.twitter.com/Pm9r2Issep

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 12, 2021

In a decision on Wednesday, the decrease chamber unanimously adopted a movement of pressing public significance to analyze the method of the Nigerian Navy Supplementary Recruitment of 44 candidates “for being against the principle of federal character and in gross violation of Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution.”

The House additionally requested the Navy to offer particulars of all recruitments from 2014 up to now, exhibiting their geographical unfold.

Furthermore, it mandated the Committee on Navy to “investigate the exercise and recommend appropriate measures to avoid similar constitutional violations in all future government recruitment and report back within 12 weeks for further legislative action.”

Sponsor of the movement, Ben Igbakpa, mentioned all of the profitable candidates which are to report for coaching in two batches on the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, “are all from a particular part of the country, which negates the federal character principle of all-inclusiveness, equity and fair play.”

Igbakpa mentioned, “The House is worried that in practice, the principle appears to have been observed more in breach. Appointments and recruitments into the various ministries, departments, and agencies both at the federal and state levels by successive administrations seem to be treated as a matter of political discretion, and those with the appointment and recruitment powers do not feel a legal duty to ensure an equitable spread of appointments and recruitments into the various government bodies.

“The House is further worried that this recruitment Supplementary list of 44 candidates since it became public knowledge, has created a lot of tension, apprehension, and discourse among the young and old from the deprived section.

“The House believes that adequate observance and implementation of the federal character principle will in no small measure allay fears of domination and denial by the ethnic minorities and invariably foster national unity.”

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