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House of Reps lampoons Buhari for violation of federal character principle

The House of Representatives has decried the violation of the Federal Character Principle by President Muhammadu Buhari following the recent appointment of the Secretary and Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) from the same zone.

To this end, the House called on the federal government to comply with the principle of Federal Character.

The resolution of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved at plenary on Thursday by Hon. Unyime Idem.

Idem, while moving the motion, said in compliance with the resolution of the House dated February 25, 2020, the president, on April 28, 2020 appointed the Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission.

He said the current secretary of the commission was appointed as a substantive secretary to the commission in March 2017, whose tenure was expected to end on April 7, 2021, but was re-appointed by the president on April 7, 2021 for a second term.

Idem added: “Cognizant that the current chairman of the commission and the re-appointed secretary are from the same zone;

“Also cognizant that the Chief Commissioner of the Public Complaint Commission and secretary of the commission are from the same part of the country.”

Idem said the FCC is one of the agencies of the federal government with the responsibility to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with the principles of the proportional sharing of all bureaucratic, economic and political positions at all levels of government.

He pointed out that the Principle of Federal Character, as contained in the Act governing the commission, to the effect that leadership positions must be equally distributed between zones.

The House therefore mandated the House Committee on Federal Character to ensure compliance.




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