- The acting chairman of the Federal Character Commission Shettima Bukar has said that Igbos are not the only one marginalised in Nigeria
- Bukar said members of different ethnic groups are marginalised in various ministries, departments and agencies
- He said some tribes dominates agencies and ministries in the federal civil service
The Federal Character Commission has said that Igbos are not the only tribes facing marginalisation in Nigeria.
The commission said marginalisation in federal appointments does not only affect the Igbo people.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, October 5, the acting executive chairman of the commission, Shettima Bukar, said marginalization in the civil service is like a canker worm affecting every tribe in the country.
Bukar said an accurate data of all public servants, if collated within the federation, will show that members of a particular ethnic group predominate specific ministers pr agencies.
He said: “Some groups are talking about marginalization in federal appointments but if you look at the Federal Character strictly and contextualize it in particular MDAs, there is no state or tribe which is not marginalised.
“For instance, if you look at all the appointments in Federal University, Ebonyi and analyze them in the light of equal representation of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, you will definitely find out that some states are not represented within the institution’s workforce."
He said the same occurrence can be found in various states across the country.
Bukar noted that the law also does not permit the predominance of a particular tribe or ethnic group within the MDAs.
He said the commission is organizing a compulsory training for desk officers on update/ing nominal roll of civil servants.
He said such exercises would ensure that no state or tribe is not represented or even under-represent in any ministry, department or agencies.
“The training is mandatory. It is an offence if the Federal Character Commission asks an MDA for information or participation in a particular activity to enable it fulfill the requirements of the law considering the diverse nature of our population and the MDA refuses to cooperate.
“The training of desk officers is very important because we also want to have a uniform format of receiving the nominal rolls from them through our own portal.
“I want to add that such training will avail us to get a direct statistics of what is required to address marginalization.
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“By the time we address this issue of inaccurate data collection through the training of Desk Officers on the correct format for filing their nominal rolls, we can focus on data analysis and determination of ways to address the imbalances,” Bukar said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the acting chairman of the commission had been accused of promoting his loyalist and cronies to higher position in the service.
It was gathered that most of Bukar's loyalist were promoted to positions ranging from two grade levels above their former ranks to directorate levels in deference to rules if the public service.
The report also said Bukar was biased in his action on the recommendation of a sub standard committee for the commission's promotion exercise.
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