Senate Probes ‘Lopsided Recruitment’ At DSS

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, (THEWILL) – The Senate on Thursday said it has commenced investigation into the alleged lopsided recruitment into the Department of State Services, DSS.

Premium Times had reported that out the 479 cadets commissioned by the DSS on March 5, a large number of them were from the north, with the Director-General’s homestate of Katsina getting more slots than an entire geopolitical zone.

Following the public outcry that greeted the skewed exercise Chairman of the Senate Commitee on Federal Character, Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (APC, Zamfara) said his committee was looking into the matter and would ensure that justice is done.

He said, “In the last few weeks, Nigeria media, both print and electronic have been awashed with issues that have to do with recruitment of cadet officers of the Department of State Services (DSS).

“I stand before you on behalf of the committee of federal character and inter-governmental affairs to assure our distinguished colleagues and indeed all Nigerians that this committee is looking critically into this matter with the intention of ensuring that justice is done in this recruitment.

“Furthermore, I also want to add that this committee had similar cases from other agencies and which the committee at the same time is looking at critically in order to make sure that justice in consideration to provisions of the constitution.”

Kaura also noted that there are issues with other agencies regarding compliance to the federal character law.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki commended the committee for looking into the matter.

“We have taken note of this. I’m happy that you are looking into the matter, the committee is, I think you will keep us posted on your findings and recommendations,” he said.

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