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Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by fergie001(m): 7:12am On Feb 12
The Federal Character Commission (FCC) is operating with only one commissioner out of the 37 required by law. Daily Trust’s findings showed that the other 36 commissioners have served out their tenures but have not been replaced by the federal government.

The current Acting Executive Chairman of the commission, Amb. Abdullahi Halidu Shinkafi, is the only remaining federal commissioner at the agency. The commission’s official website also showed it is operating without 36 commissioners out of the 37 approved by the Federal Character Act.

It was gathered that Amb. Shinkafi’s tenure as a commissioner representing Zamfara State would expire in April and the commission would be left without a single commissioner. And so far, there are no indications as to when commissioners would be appointed as, the Presidential spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, when contacted on the issue told Daily Trust that he had no information on the matter.

Mandate of FCC

The FCC is a federal government body established by Act No 34 of 1995 to implement and enforce the federal character principle of fairness and equity in the distribution of public posts and socio-economic infrastructure among the various federating units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The provisions of the 1999 Constitution in sections 14 and 153 consolidated the establishment of the FCC for operation in a democratic system of government.

The commission is mandated by Paragraphs 8(1)(a) and (b) of Section C, part 1, Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to, “Work out an equitable formula, subject to the approval of the National Assembly, for distribution of all cadres of posts in the public service of the federation and of the states, the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, other government security agencies and government-owned companies/parastatals of the states.”

It is also mandated to “Promote, monitor and enforce compliance with the principle of proportional sharing of all bureaucratic, economic, media and political posts at all levels of government.”

The commission is to also work out and ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure across the federating units of the country.

Gradual deterioration

In December 2018, Daily Trust reported that only seven states had commissioners representing them at the FCC: Katsina, represented by Barr Mahdi Jibril Daura; Zamfara, Ambassador Abdullahi Halidu Shinkafi; and FCT, Dr Yunusa Musa Salihu. Others were Osun, represented by Bashorun Awofisayo; Ondo, Honourable Sheba Abayomi; Edo, Ifaluyi Isibor and Anambra, Mrs Adaeze Gloria Idigo Izundu. Then following states had no representation at the FCC: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti and Enugu states. Others were Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe states.

By the end of December 2018, the tenures of the commissioners from Anambra, Edo and FCT expired and only four commissioners were left in the commission by January 2019.

By February 2020, the number of commissioners dropped to only one and if replacements are not made by the end of April this year, the commission would be left with no commissioners from the states to monitor its operations. Amb. Shinkafi may likely hand over to the most senior staff in the commission as the acting executive chairman if by April the federal government still fails to appoint new commissioners to replace those that have left.

Appointment of commissioners

Section 2(1) of the Federal Character Act of 1995 provides that members of the commission shall consist of a chairman who shall be the chief executive of the commission; a representative each of the states of the federation; and a representative of the FCT, Abuja.

Subsection 2 provides that the chairman and members of the commission shall be appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The act further provides in Section 3(1) that the chairman and members of the commission shall hold office for five years in the first instance and for a further term of five years on such terms and conditions as may be specified in their letters of appointment.

The commissioners are expected to meet periodically to ensure that “each state of the federation and the FCT shall be equitably represented in all national institutions and public enterprises and organisations” as outlined in the commission’s guiding principles.

FCC activities suffer

Section 7(4) provides that the quorum for a meeting of the commission shall be “not less than one-third of the total number of members of the commission at the date of the meeting.” Daily Trust gathered that the meetings the commissioners are mandated to hold, at which recruitments into MDAs are supposed to be reviewed to ensure equitable distribution, have not been held for a long time since they could not form a quorum.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source within the FCC said the absence of commissioners has affected policy making and monitoring of recruitment exercises and provided room for job racketeering in MDAs. The source said there are about 24 committees overseeing over 600 MDAs, adding that it is impossible for the single commissioner available now to monitor them.

Besides, the commissioners protect the interests of their individual states and may be unlikely to advance the interests of other states not represented at the commission.

Due to poor monitoring by the FCC, secret recruitments are said to be on going in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). MDAs are legally required to advertise vacancies before recruitment, but in some cases, they obtain waivers from the FCC not to advertise.

Some agencies reported to have indulged in secret recruitments included the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Others are the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Nigerian Navy and many more.

In October 2019, Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) Bolaji Owasanoye, revealed that after the commission discovered N9.2bn as over-bloated personnel costs of MDAs, they went on secret recruitments for a cover-up.

“They hurriedly started employing people. Appointments given yesterday were backdated one year, and ad hoc staff upgraded,” he told the joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes at the 2020 budget defence.

He advised that recruitment templates in all agencies of government be changed from offline to prevent recruitment scandals, a task clearly within the mandate of the FCC.

Also, the FCC has, since its inception, not carried out its second mandate, which involves ensuring equitable distribution of infrastructures across the country.

The former Acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Dr Shettima Bukar Abba, moved to implement the second mandate, but he served out his tenure and exited the commission without doing that.

Under Dr Abba, the FCC, in collaboration with the Budget Ministry initiated an audit of the spread of Nigeria’s total infrastructure stock across the country with the aim of identifying possible lopsidedness and addressing them.

It is not certain if the audit was ever conducted, but certainly the commission has largely ignored the second mandate even as recruitment scandals rock MDAs.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/federal-character-commission-grounded.html

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by oz4real83(m): 7:14am On Feb 12
It has always been grounded. That is why PMB could make almost all his appointments from the north and nothing happened. When all heads of the Nigerian security agencies are meeting, it looks more like northerners meeting. The federal character commission was created to forestall that but unfortunately, some of our people are more comfortable receiving their salaries even without insisting on doing the job they are being paid to do. The NASS that should have ensured that the president sticks to the rules is a rubber-stamp.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by freeze001(f): 7:15am On Feb 12
This country is gone to the dogs!

Naturally, since Buhari is the king of nepotism, he will not 'remember' that there is a Federal Character Commission that needs to have commissioners put in place to ensure balance even though we know appointees will still be stupid APC stooges that will uphold politics over their core mandates! If it was petroleum or NDDC or NPA, he will sharply appoint and re-appoint!
Our rubber-stamp national assembly also has Senate and House Committees on Federal Character but they are also dead asleep, exercising no oversight to call the Executive to order with respect to its statutory duties!

Why won't there be shoddy recruitment in various MDAs with no consideration for federal character? Is this not dereliction of duty and non-performance? Is this not an impeachable offense? Unfortunately, both the Executive and National Assembly are guilty. Then the states that know that they have not nominated any Federal commissioner for the FCC are also in another class of stupid!

In short, I am tired!

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by POWEROFPEACE(m): 7:16am On Feb 12
This is not even an issue considering all the happenings in the nation today.
It is entirely their headache.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by helinues: 7:18am On Feb 12
When they have been there? Any impacts on the citizens?

They are saving us money jor

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Nbote(m): 7:19am On Feb 12
Lolzzzz... Are we surprised where d only one operating if from.. Is there any arm of dis country dat is functional normal wen d President himself isn't functioning normal

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by daddytime(m): 7:19am On Feb 12
Before I opened the thread, I already knew that the only one commissioner must be from the N side, and I sure wasn't surprised.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Stalwert: 7:34am On Feb 12
freeze001:
This country is gone to the dogs!

Naturally, since Buhari is the king of nepotism, he will not 'remember' that there is a Federal Character Commission that needs to have commissioners put in place to ensure balance even though we know appointees will still be stupid APC stooges that will uphold politics over their core mandates! If it was petroleum or NDDC or NPA, he will sharply appoint and re-appoint!
Our rubber-stamp national assembly also has Senate and House Committees on Federal Character but they are also dead asleep, exercising no oversight to call the Executive to order with respect to its statutory duties!

Why won't there be shoddy recruitment in various MDAs with no consideration for federal character? Is this not dereliction of duty and non-performance? Is this not an impeachable offense? Unfortunately, both the Executive and National Assembly are guilty. Then the states that know that they have not nominated any Federal commissioner for the FCC are also in another class of stupid!

In short, I am tired!


When GEJ stuffed most of the position with SE people the Federal Character was Quota System that must be rejected, you wanted a merit based system. But the moment you liars sit and make claims that PMB is nepotistic without any evidence except your well rehearsed hate and bigotry, we have to call you out, you problem is Federal Character, you problem is greed you want everything be given to you because no one else is worthy to handle such position.

Suddenly every one from the north us Fulani and are PMB relatives, this senseless reasoning is what you term nepotism.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Stalwert: 7:35am On Feb 12
daddytime:
Before I opened the thread, I already knew that the only one commissioner must be from the N side, and I sure wasn't surprised.



Yes the N side must not be given any job, they don't know a thing.
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Stalwert: 7:37am On Feb 12
oz4real83:
It has always been grounded. That is why PMB could make almost all his appointments from the north and nothing happened. When all heads of the Nigerian security agencies are meeting, it looks more like northerners meeting. The federal character commission was created to forestall that but unfortunately, some of our people are more comfortable receiving their salaries even without insisting on doing the job they are being paid to do. The NASS that should have ensured that the president sticks to the rules is a rubber-stamp.



Chief of Defense Staff, who is the head of all 3 wings of the military is from the south, 2 of the 4 chief of staff are from the south. Your problem is lying, you prefer lying to living in reality.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by freeze001(f): 8:29am On Feb 12
Please it is too early for tribal/ethnic/religious bigotry and stupidity. The post is about the deliberate grounding of a core national institution by the President/Executive. My post reflects the same issues by calling out the responsible parties who ought to ensure that institutions run smoothly/optimally. Is GEJ the president today? What explanation is there for the failure of the president to appoint commissioners for FCC as required by law? Why should the FCC be left with just one commissioner when it ought to have 37? Can you see the issue without jumping in with these baseless submissions you put up in the name of defending Buhari and comparing with GEJ? Did GEJ ever leave the FCC without its constitutional appointees? Why are you like this? Who did this to you? Or is it the zombie serum? Tueh!

Stalwert:
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When GEJ stuffed most of the position with SE people the Federal Character was Quota System that must be rejected, you wanted a merit based system. But the moment you liars sit and make claims that PMB is nepotistic without any evidence except your well rehearsed hate and bigotry, we have to call you out, you problem is Federal Character, you problem is greed you want everything be given to you because no one else is worthy to handle such position.

Suddenly every one from the north us Fulani and are PMB relatives, this senseless reasoning is what you term nepotism.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by oz4real83(m): 8:30am On Feb 12
Stalwert:
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Chief of Defense Staff, who is the head of all 3 wings of the military is from the south, 2 of the 4 chief of staff are from the south. Your problem is lying, you prefer lying to living in reality.
stop deceiving yourself. Out of 17 security agencies, about 14 are from the north. U think only the army, navy, airforce and the CDF are the only security agencies? Who is the custom boss? Immigration boss?, Nsa?, Efcc boss?,NDLEA boss?, police boss?, minister of defence?, NSCDC boss? , DSS boss?, FRSC boss?, Nigerian prison service boss?, federal fire service boss?, Nema boss?, army boss?, NIA boss?, DIA boss?,. Not everybody is ignorant like u.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by kilisi(m): 8:36am On Feb 12
Not surprised as Buhari has shown no interest in the federal character in his appointments.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Racoon(m): 8:38am On Feb 12
No need for any FCC because the government is already founded on bigotry, nepotism and ethno-religious supremacist agenda.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by RichFoundation(m): 8:45am On Feb 12
No
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Yankiss(m): 8:45am On Feb 12
No wonder we don't have federal character at all. Not funny. It's 97 and 5 we have.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by mtinfx: 8:45am On Feb 12
All recruitment these days are meant for buhari and his extended family


So no needs federal character
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by irunoko: 8:47am On Feb 12
Smh

This country matter taya me.everytime new stewpedities from that fool in aso

Posterity will judge them

Sha remember your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be affected by all this nonsense when you are long gone

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by BlackfireX: 8:47am On Feb 12
That man is competent for buhari to retain him,



But haters from amotekin and ipob foools will think otherwise
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by saaron(m): 8:49am On Feb 12
What do we expect from buhari's fulani regime?
No govt in the history of Nigeria since 1960 ran a Nepotic, Tribalistic, Sadistic, Narccissistic, Islamist govt like Buhari's regime.
Buhari's regime is nothing but a graphic representation of Amadu Bello's Northernization (Fulanization) policy for the complete domination of all non fulani tribes in Nigeria by placing fulanis in virtually every position of power.
ONE NIGERIA IS DEAD.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by backnbeta(f): 8:49am On Feb 12
Anyone surprised? Bubu don't care... even if they're there, as far as they are not foolani Muslim, he won't regard them as anything. Besides, he can't be bothered about any federal character or anything that can promote equityundecided
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by thundafire: 8:50am On Feb 12
Incomplete government
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by eguarojeona: 8:52am On Feb 12
Stalwert:
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Yes the N side must not be given any job, they don't know a thing.
No they don't.They require single digit(1-9) scores to get into unity schools.See how dull Buhari,tanko,lawal are.In a sane country they would be drivers, office errand hands.But here they are your leaders.You see why we are backwards.No sane country use quota system .The north use it because that is the only way they can function.If merit was used only a few would function.And the rest would fix up.It would be better for Nigeria.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by NigeriaBam: 8:52am On Feb 12
cry This Body Useless. Federal Government Job has been Politicised.
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by wink2015: 8:53am On Feb 12
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE NORTH, BY THE NORTH AND FOR THE NORTH !

Every day for the thief, one day for the owner !
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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by Fragility6: 9:12am On Feb 12
freeze001:
This country is gone to the dogs!

Naturally, since Buhari is the king of nepotism, he will not 'remember' that there is a Federal Character Commission that needs to have commissioners put in place to ensure balance even though we know appointees will still be stupid APC stooges that will uphold politics over their core mandates! If it was petroleum or NDDC or NPA, he will sharply appoint and re-appoint!
Our rubber-stamp national assembly also has Senate and House Committees on Federal Character but they are also dead asleep, exercising no oversight to call the Executive to order with respect to its statutory duties!

Why won't there be shoddy recruitment in various MDAs with no consideration for federal character? Is this not dereliction of duty and non-performance? Is this not an impeachable offense? Unfortunately, both the Executive and National Assembly are guilty. Then the states that know that they have not nominated any Federal commissioner for the FCC are also in another class of stupid!

In short, I am tired!
The ish sef shouldn't be why those commissions were empty,the ish should be money budgeted for those commissions who takes it?
Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by UdechiHD(m): 9:12am On Feb 12
Stalwert:
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[s]When GEJ stuffed most of the position with SE people the Federal Character was Quota System that must be rejected, you wanted a merit based system. But the moment you liars sit and make claims that PMB is nepotistic without any evidence except your well rehearsed hate and bigotry, we have to call you out, you problem is Federal Character, you problem is greed you want everything be given to you because no one else is worthy to handle such position.

Suddenly every one from the north us Fulani and are PMB relatives, this senseless reasoning is what you term nepotism
.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by NigeriaIsDoomed: 9:19am On Feb 12
If I say Nigeria is doomed fools and idiots that can barely eat twice a day will attack me.
Make una enjoy una next level.
Before I forget Buhari, the certificateless, half-dead, nepotistic and ethnic bigot is the best president in the world according to his idiotic and foolish zombies who are struggling with hunger.

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Re: Federal Character Commission grounded, operates with only one commissioner by tammie24: 9:19am On Feb 12
Of course

Na only the Fulani commisioner go dey
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