Revealed: How Civil Service Commission Hired 4,916 Illegally


Without following due process, the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) has allegedly recruited 4,916 workers in the last three years. The vacancies were neither declared nor advertised for qualified and interested persons to compete for the positions.

According to Daily Trust reports, documents showed that the agency responsible for hiring workers for the federal government recruited 486 in 2013; 4, 368 in 2014 and 50 in 2015 without adhering to federal character principles.

An analysis of the official documents revealed that over 90 percent of the recruitment, which was done from 2013 to 2015, favoured the southern part of the country.

The official documents reveal that the South-south and South-west geo-political zones got the lion’s share of the recruitment over the three-year period at the expense of the rest of the zones in the country.

South-south got 1,647 (33.6 per cent); South-west 1,336 (27.2 percent); South-east 642 (13.1 percent); North-central 509 (10.4 percent); North-west 447 (9.1 percent) and North-east 323 (6.6 percent).

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A state by state analysis shows that Delta state alone got 13.1 percent of the total public positions as against Jigawa and Ebonyi states that got 0.7 percent each.

States with the highest slots are Delta, 642; Ogun 295, Oyo 254 and Edo 240, while those with least slots include the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which got 22 and Jigawa and Ebonyi which had 36 each.

The Federal Character Commission (FCC) said the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) recruitment “threw away all common sense and wisdom of national cohesion and integration by favoring other states to the detriment of others.”

The FCC Act No. 34 of 1996 prescribes fairness and equity in the distribution of public posts and socio-economic infrastructures among the various federating units of the country.

Acting Executive Chairman of the FCC, Dr. Shettima Bukar Abba, in a letter dated May 3, 2016 described the recruitment as “glaringly lopsided” and the federal character principle as “grossly abused.”

The FCC said it was inconceivable and unjust for the South-south to be allocated 33.6 percent of the total candidates recruited as against 26 percent allocated to the North-east, North-west and North-central combined.

The letter also questioned the allocation of 27.2 percent of the candidates recruited from the South-west, more than the allocation of the entire three zones of the North combined.

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The FCC advised the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) to start the process of redressing the inequality and undertake the 2016 recruitment exercise by adopting the federal character balancing index developed by the FCC.