The Senate yesterday directed its committee on Federal Character to carry out thorough investigation on recent alleged lopsided recruitment carried out by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Chairman of the committee, Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (APC Zamfara North), had during plenary declared that his committee, based on petitions, resolved to probe the exercise considered to be highly lopsided in favour of a particular state and section of the country.
Senator Kaura, who rose through Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules to intimate his colleagues of the move, said probing the alleged lopsided recruitment by the DSS and taking needed steps thereafter would go a long way in restoring the confidence of Nigerians on the principles of federal character required for such exercise on the basis of equity, justice and fairness.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, while responding, gave the Senate committee on Federal Character the go ahead to carry out the probe and update the Senate with its findings.
Saraki said, “Your committee should please go ahead with the planned investigation on the alleged lopsided recruitment in DSS to right whatever wrongs that must have been committed in the general interest of all Nigerians”.
It would be recalled that the alleged lopsided recruitment exercise carried out by DSS last month revealed wide disparity in state by state allocation of the 479 newly commissioned cadet officers.
While the Director-General of DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, ensured that at least five cadets were recruited from each state of the federation and the FCT, the scale was heavily tipped in favour of some states in the North, regarding other extraneous considerations.